Pravda on Saturday urged Communist Party officials defeated in last weekend's elections to the Soviet parliament to take a critical look at themselves but stopped short of calling for their resignation.

And in a first comment on the runaway victory of Kremlin rebel Boris Yeltsin, the Communist Party daily also asked why the party apparatus was unhappy about the election of candidates who obviously had strong popular support."When a regional party secretary does not get the necessary number of votes to be elected this is a signal for serious deliberations," Pravda said in a first general commentary on the poll and the widespread defeat of party officials.

Pravda said voters backed party officials who listened to the people and had taken concrete steps to improve people's lives and encourage social justice. They rejected "bureaucratic indifference" and inactivity by the party apparatus.