Amendments to Constitution come into force


Amendments to the Russian Constitution extending the presidential and parliamentary terms to six and five years respectively came into force on Wednesday, January 21.

The amendments, however, will apply to the next President and Parliament only.

Since it was adopted 15 years ago only minor adjustments concerning the naming of the Subjects of the Federation or their merging have been made.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed the amendments on November 5 and formally submitted the new law to the State Duma on November 11. By December 18, the changes were approved by the Russian Parliament and ratified by the regions. Although a year is given for the ratification by the legislatures of two thirds of the Russian regions, all 83 subjects of the federation managed to approve the amendments in just three weeks.



January 22, 2009.