The deputies elected Viacheslav Volodin the speaker of the State Duma of the eighth convocation, RIA Novosti reports.
360 out of 450 deputies voted for the candidate from United Russia, Dmitry Novikov, a competitor from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, received 61 votes. Recall that Volodin also served as chairman in the last convocation of the State Duma. His candidacy was previously approved by Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting with party leaders.
The first vice-speakers in the State Duma were approved by Alexander Zhukov from United Russia and Ivan Melnikov from the Communist Party. They served as deputy chairmen in the lower house of parliament of the sixth and seventh convocations.
The State Duma also elected nine vice-speakers, six of whom are representatives of United Russia. Among them are Anna Kuznetsova, Irina Yarovaya, Pyotr Tolstoy, Alexey Gordeev, Sergey Neverov and Sholban Kara-Ool. Aleksandr Babakov became the Vice-Speaker from Fair Russia, Boris Chernyshov from the Liberal Democratic Party, Vladislav Davankov from New People.
Earlier it was reported that the State Duma adopted a resolution on the creation of 32 committees and three standing commissions. The new convocation will have six more committees than the previous one.