Deputy head of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people Nariman Dzhelal was appointed first deputy head of Mejlis. The decision was made March 21 during Mejlis session in Simferopol, attended by 24 Mejlis member.

Nariman will now supervise the activity of Mejlis—representative body of Crimean Tatars—in Crimea.

Meanwhile Ilmiy Umerov was appointed deputy head of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people, so became a member of Mejlis Presidium.

The appointment of Dzhelal comes amid the arrest of Mejlis deputy head Ahtem Chiygoz, charged with organizing mass disorder during pro-Ukrainian rally in Simferopol, which took place before Crimea’s unification a year ago.

Refat Chubarov—head of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people—was banned from entering Crimea for 5 years, charged with “inciting interethnic hatred”.

Note: head of Mejlis--a single supreme plenipotentiary representative and executive body of Crimean Tatars—is elected during the Kurultay session. Chubarov was appointed Mejlis head Oct 2013. He got 126 votes, while Remzi Ilyasov, who is now deputy chairman of Crimean Parliament, got 114 votes.

Chubarov has appointed 5 deputies: Ahtem Chiygoz, Aslan Omer Kirimli, Nariman Dzhelal, Ayder Adzhimambetov and Zaur Smirnov, who was later withdrawn from Mejlis.