MOSCOW, April 3. /TASS/. The Kremlin did not interfere in the procedure of local elections, particularly the election of the head of Ekaterinburg, said the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov.
“This is entirely the prerogative of the local regional legislative Assembly, so we can neither intervene nor comment on,” – said the press Secretary on the question of the relation of the Kremlin to the abolition of the direct election of the mayor of Yekaterinburg.
On 3 April, deputies of the legislative Assembly of the Sverdlovsk region adopted the amendment to the regional law on elections of local governments. Now the head of Ekaterinburg will elect deputies of the city Duma of the number of proposed competition Commission candidates.
With the corresponding initiative was made by the Governor of the region Evgeny Kuyvashev. April 2 in Yekaterinburg held a meeting against cancellation of elections of the mayor which, according to the local administration, was attended by about 1.7 million people.
In 2010, in Yekaterinburg was introduced a management system when city residents elect a mayor, who is Chairman of the city Duma. The city administration supervises the contracted city Manager. Currently the mayor of the city is Yevgeny Roizman, and administration headed by Alexander Jacob.