Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Russian Leader Proposes Barring Childless from Public Office

Zhirinovsky proposes restricting public office to fathers of two or more
Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the Liberal Democratic leader and Duma deputy speaker, has suggested barring from public office those who are single, childless, obese and have not served in the army.

"With the purpose of stimulating an increase in birth rates, Zhirinovsky has suggested hiring for public service only individuals who are married and have two or more children," according to a press release posted on the party website.

In autumn the Duma should pass corresponding legislation to improve the moral climate and social situation "through personnel changes in the government machinery," Zhirinovsky said.

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