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EastRussia Bulletin: Sakhalin's acting governor will follow Kozhemyako’s example in the election of the head of the region
Valery Limarenko, appointed as acting governor of Sakhalin Oblast, having arrived in the region, announced his intention to first of all deal with the socio-economic problems of the region and distance itself from United Russia. He also expressed willingness to establish a dialogue with the local elite, according to the next published issue of the EastRussia bulletin.
Limarenko announced his intention to get the support of all residents of the region, regardless of political views. At the same time, the Sakhalin Legislative Assembly will need to make appropriate changes in regional legislation. Earlier, Oleg Kozhemyako, who won the December elections for the governor of Primorye, took advantage of this scheme.
After the appointment, Valeriy Limarenko first of all introduced to the regional Legislative Assembly a draft budget law, due to the fact that previously it was not possible to adopt the budget due to the absence of the head of the region. The draft budget of the region for 2019 of the year and the planned period of 2020-2021 were adopted by the deputies of the Legislative Assembly in the first reading - it was supported by 20 of the 25 deputies present, two voted against and two abstained
The Speaker Assembly and the faction leaders generally supported the draft budget, expressing the hope that with the new head of the region the funds would be spent efficiently. For the development of the budget, according to Limarenko, the administration plans to actively invest in the construction sector. The acting head of the region declared his intention to meet with the factions, get to know the deputies personally and discuss the budget during the preparation of amendments to the second reading of the draft law, and also instructed them to prepare their proposals and voters' initiatives.
To implement V. Limarenko’s plans before the elections, it will be necessary to back up promises with real actions, which will require, among other things, support from the federal center, in particular, decision-making in favor of the region at the federal level concerning, for example, the distribution of funds from Sakhalin oil and gas projects tax revenues. So, the interim refuted the fears that the region faces further withdrawal of the regional budget in favor of the federal center.
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