June 25
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The Russian State Duma approved the presidential bill on making corrections in the Constitution of the Russian Federation in the first reading, reports RIA Novosti.

The document, which is entitled “On improving the regulation of certain issues for organizing public governance”, was submitted to the lower chamber of parliament on Monday and is aimed at enhancing the provisions strengthening the foundations of constitutional order, human and citizens’ rights and freedoms.

Vladimir Putin has recommended enshrining by the Constitution a mandatory condition for state servants to not have citizenship of a foreign state and the right to residency in a foreign state; tightening the requirements for presidential candidates; ruling out reservation of two consecutive terms of office for the President of Russia; trusting the State Duma to agree upon and appoint the Prime Minister, his or her deputies and ministers; vesting the Federation Council with new powers; provide the Federation Council with the opportunity to dismiss judges of the Constitutional and Supreme Courts, as well as appoint or dismiss the Prosecutor General and his or her deputies upon submission by the President, reducing the number of judges of the Constitutional Court from 19 to 11; vesting the Constitutional Court with the right to verify the constitutionality of regional laws through the President’s inquiry prior to the signing of those laws by the regional governor; enshrining the status of the State Council; maintaining Article 15 of the Constitution regarding the supremacy of international law in Russia; enshrining the regular indexation of pensions in the Constitution in Russia and specifying the right of presidential veto.

The bill will be put up for a nationwide vote upon adoption by the parliament.

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