Amendments to the Constitution, proposed by President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin in a message to Parliament, are needed to build a unified system of power, not to extend the president's powers. This was announced by the president himself, TASS reports.
"Basically, according to the Constitution, municipalities are not directly linked to the state, but there should be a unified system of power, so that the upper floors of the government have responsibility for what is happening below. And those who work in the municipalities are connected with the country and its interests as well. It is the same in many other areas, which is why I have proposed it, not to extend my powers," he said.
The Head of State noted that the all-Russian vote on amending the Constitution should not become a tool for extending the president's powers, and the election of the president should be held on an alternative basis.
"This is the will of the citizens of the country. But should the president's powers be continued in this way? I think not, because if we are talking about the election of the head of state, it must be done on an alternative basis," Putin stated.
As we reported earlier, Vladimir Putin suggested amending Russia’s constitution to limit a future president to two terms in office.
President of the Russian Federation has presented his amendments to the constitution as a significant change to Russia’s legislation, and called for the first nationwide referendum since 1993 to confirm them.