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    MOSCOW, March 4, 2004. (RIA Novosti) - The majority of members of the Rodina faction in the State Duma have come out for dismissing Sergei Glazyev from the post of the faction leader, Vice Speaker Dmitry Rogozin told RIA Novosti on Thursday, having referred to the roll call vote results.

    According to him, 22, out of the 38, members of the faction came out for Mr. Glazyev's dismissal. They proposed that Mr. Rogozin himself should head the faction and Sergei Baburin, now the faction's deputy chairman, should be nominated for the post of vice speaker.

    These proposals will be sent to the Duma's regulations committee for the approval.

    Mr. Rogozin said that the decision was taken in accordance with the collected signatures in the questionnaire. According to him, "the faction is collapsing, and something had to be done to stop the process." The faction did not have any norms for adopting such decisions and, therefore, the question of Mr. Glazyev's resignation was solved by a simple majority of votes.

    In his turn, Mr. Glazyev refuses to recognize the legitimacy of his faction's decision. He said that the attempts to overthrow him "by collecting signatures is illegal." Mr. Glazyev said that the faction's session had been scheduled for 7:00 p.m., and all the questions would be solved at that session.

    However, as Rogozin stated, all the questions have already been solved, and the faction will not meet at 7:00.

    Five variants of voting papers were offered to the members of the Rodina faction, four of which proposed to free Mr. Glazyev from the faction's leadership and one provided for adjourning the solution of this question till March 16th.

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