Duma election set for 4th December
President Dmitry Medvedev has set the elections to the lower house of parliament, the Duma for 4th December.
The Duma has 450 seats and after these elections the term of office for deputies will be increased from four to five years. The threshold a party needs to reach to gain representation is 7%.
Currently the Duma is dominated by the Putin/Medvedev party, United Russia which has 315 seats. The Communist Party of the Russian Federation (KPRF) is second with 57 seats, then come the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR) with 40 seats and then Fair Russia (or A Just Russia) (CP) with 38 seats.
The last elections were held in December 2007.