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A referendum before the adoption of the amendments to the Constitution of Russia can be held together with the elections to the state Duma, which will be held in 2021. This was announced by Senator Vladimir Poletaev, reports RIA Novosti.
Thus he commented on the statement by the head of state Vladimir Putin during the annual address to the Federal Assembly on the necessity to hold a popular vote before the adoption of the amendments to the Basic law. “Everything is ultimately the people decide”, he concluded.
The Russian leader also called on to give the Duma more power. According to Putin, the lower houses of Parliament must approve the appointment of the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Ministers and all Ministers. In turn, heads of security agencies should be appointed by the President in consultation with the Federation Council. The President will not have the right to disagree with the decision of the Federal Assembly.
During the annual press conference in December 2019, the Russian leader, commenting on the advisability of amending the Constitution of Russia, said that it would be possible to remove the word “consecutive” in law, which stipulates the number of terms which may govern the head of state.
Elections of deputies of the state Duma of the VIII convocation to be held in a single voting day on 19 September 2021. Parliamentarians are elected for five-year term under a mixed electoral system. The last elections were held in 2016.
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