Russia's Pyotr Tolstoy elected PACE Vice President
Head of Russia’s delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and deputy speaker of Russia's State Duma lower parliament house Pyotr Tolstoy has been elected PACE Vice President.
A total of 252 out of the 321 PACE lawmakers took part in the voting. As many as 132 delegates supported Tolstoy’s candidacy, 117 voted against, and three ballots were recognized as invalid, TASS reported.
Earlier in the day, the majority of delegates to the PACE winter session supported Tolstoy’s candidature in the first round of voting, which was not enough as under the assembly’s rule of procedure a candidate wins in the first round in case he or she scores more than a half of positive votes of the overall number of PACE delegates. Simple majority of those taking part in the voting is needed to win in the second round.