Crimean constitution to be adopted April 11

9 April 2014 11:38

The Crimean parliament on Friday is due to adopt a new constitution for the region, which has been already agreed upon with the Kremlin, the speaker of Crimea's parliament has said, Ria Novosti reports.

“I’m convening an extraordinary session on Friday. This will be a historic session of the State Council which will adopt the constitution of Crimea as a subject of the Russian Federation,” Vladimir Konstantinov said.

The new constitution defines the republic as a democracy and states that its territory is “united and indivisible,” the Kommersant business daily said Wednesday.

The report said, citing Crimean sources, that the number of lawmakers in the republic’s parliament will be cut from 100 to 50 and the share of deputies elected on party lists will decline by 25 percent. No national or cultural autonomous regions are envisaged by the document.

Earlier, Crimea’s Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Temirgaliev said Crimean authorities opposed territorial autonomy, suggesting cultural autonomy instead.

Temirgaliev’s comments came after Crimean Tatars held an emergency meeting to discuss more autonomy from the Crimea peninsula.