In the amendment of the Constitution, including the “zeroing” of presidential terms of Vladimir Putin, “a very important nuance.” Commented on amendments, Putin’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov.
As reported by “Interfax” Peskov explained why Putin initiated amendments to the Constitution, although previously declared inexpediency of change of the Basic law. According to Peskov, there is the possibility of making substantive amendments, whereas previously it was only on the amendments related to the new presidential term of Putin.
Sands pointed out that the forerunner of all was the “set of essential amendments” that do not change the essence of the Constitution, and only then followed by parliamentary initiative about “zeroing”. Peskov reminded that in 2008, when it was only about the possibility of Putin running for another term, he “absolutely rejected”.
On the question of why Putin in 2012 said that his decision after two terms to run again for the presidency — proof non-authoritarian nature of the Russian political system, now Putin has agreed to the amendments, Peskov said that Putin “talked about the then eventual ability to initiate changes to the Constitution.” He added that now the emphasis is on the amendments, which strengthen the sovereignty of the country and social character of the state but the amendment is about “zeroing” argued that, “after making the entire package of amendments… the President should have the opportunity with the existence of such intention on to be elected”.
Recall that a nationwide vote on amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation was scheduled for 22 April, but then postponed due to the difficult epidemiological situation in the country. Later Putin declared that the vote will take place on 1 July. To participate in the distance learning format of voting can the residents of two pilot regions — Moscow and Nizhegorodtion region. Electronic voting will be held from 25 to 30 June.
on the Eve of “Levada-center” published the results of a survey conducted on behalf of the party “Yabloko”. According to this, when the alternative vote on the Constitution amendments Putin would support only 25% of Russians.
according to “Novaya Gazeta”, in this survey of adherents of Putin’s amendments was less than the supporters of the proposed Public constitutional Council (PCC) and the party “the Apple” “the Constitution of a free people” (28%) and even less than opponents of both projects (26%).
the majority 80% of respondents believe that “the Constitution of the free people” it would be right to vote on a par with Putin’s amendments.
we will Remind, work on an alternative package of amendments called “the Constitution of a free people”, began in January. Then, after the publication in “Novaya Gazeta” was convened by the Public, the constitutional Council, which prepared the amendments, together with leading Russian lawyers-constitutionalists. Deputies from party “the Apple” have made these amendments in the Duma through the regional legislative Assembly.
All the amendments OAKS and “Apple” in the survey, “Levada” was supported by the majority. 82% welcomed the introduction of election of Federation Council members, 68% give the Duma the right to impose a vote of no confidence in individual Ministers, 51% — giving the deputies the right to nominate the Prime Minister. 54% of respondents were in favour of reducing the presidential term from 6 to 4 years, 50% supported the election of court chairmen by vote of the judges. 41% of respondents were in favour of a ban for Russian citizens to participate in the activities of private military companies. However, those who did not agree with the amendment, still was less than 38%. Difficult to answerohms 20% of respondents.
the Greatest support found for social amendment to the state’s obligation to treat children’s diseases due to the budget (95%), about transfer of pension savings inherited (90%), the introduction of individual savings accounts for depositing revenues from exports of natural resources (77%), established in the Constitution of a uniform age of retirement for men and women at 60 years (58%). In General, the package of amendments of the constitutional Council the Public support 74% of Russians opposed by only 17%.
Another question concerned the holding of a nationwide vote on the Constitution in the midst of a pandemic of mers. 60% of respondents believe that it is wrong, don’t see the problem 33%.
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