The President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, has submitted to the State Duma a draft amendment that proposes to allow the former presidents of Russia, who left this post early or due to the expiration of their term of office, to be a member of the Federation Council for life. The document has been published on the official website of the Lower House of Parliament, Russian media reports.
A former president, who has become a senator for life, retains social and other guarantees established by law on guarantees to the president. To enjoy status, a president who has terminated in office will have to apply within three months after leaving the post of head of state.
The changes are part of a constitutional reform that President Vladimir Putin announced on January 15, and have been approved by the Russian people in a weekly “nationwide vote’ in summer. According to reform, a law on Constitutional Court has already been approved: under which, the number of judges in the Constitutional Court is reduced nearly halve as well as a president has the power to dismiss judges; amendments to the law on the government of the Russian Federation have been approved: a president has the right to dissolve the State Duma if it rejects his proposed candidate(s) for minister all three times. (a president will appoint the “power ministers” personally after consultations with the Federation Council). The law on the prosecutor’s office was the third bill as part of amendments to the Constitution was. In accordance with it, a president has the right to appoint security agencies chiefs and regional prosecutors after consultations with the Federation Council and has the sole right to dismiss them.