The state Duma adopted in first reading a draft on the procedure for the election of the President of the RAS

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The state Duma adopted in the first reading a bill that stipulates a new procedure for the election of the President of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS).

The bill proposes to make a change, according to which the Presidium, President, Vice-presidents, chief scientific Secretary, Russian Academy of Sciences and academicians-secretaries of the departments of the Academy are elected by the General meeting of members of the Russian Academy of Sciences «a simple majority of the total number of votes of the members of such General meeting, those present on it».

It is also envisaged that the RAS President should be elected from among no more than three agreed with the government of the Russian Federation candidates for a period of five years. «The President-elect of the Russian Academy of Sciences is appointed to office and dismissed by the President of the Russian Federation», — stated in the document.

If none of the candidates has not been agreed by the government of the Russian Federation, received more than half of the votes of the General meeting of members of the Academy, or all the candidates withdrew their candidacies before the vote, the election of the President of the Academy is not recognized as valid and are assigned re-stated in the explanatory Memorandum.

«For the period before the repeat election of the President of the office of the President of the RAS is assigned by the President of the Russian Federation on the proposal of the government of the Russian Federation on one of the academicians of the Russian Academy of Sciences», — said in the document.

Earlier, one of the authors of the document, the Chairman of the state Duma Committee for education and science Vyacheslav Nikonov said that the proposed amendments may be adopted by the state Duma in the final reading before the end of the spring session to RAS, as planned, on September 25 held the elections of the President of the Academy on the basis of the new law.

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