Crimea to draft constitution within 2 weeks: Lawmaker

27 March 2014 16:54

Lawmakers in Crimea are expected to draft a constitution for the region within two weeks, a senior Crimean official said Thursday.

"We have a very tight timeline since a federal subject [of Russia] cannot remain long without a constitution," said Grigory Ioffe, the first deputy speaker of Crimea's State Council.

"The task before us is to prepare the document within a two-week timeframe," he told a session of the council.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Russian lawmakers Thursday to work on absorbing Crimea into the Russian legal system, according to RIA Novosti.

"We should enshrine in law all issues related to the development of the economy and social life in Crimea and Sevastopol," the Russian leader said.

The republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, which has a special status within the region, were added as 84th and 85th federal subjects of the Russian Federation after Putin signed a decree finalizing the reunification last week.