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Chechnya voted in a referendum to change the constitution

December 2 2007

In Chechnya today are not only the elections to the State Duma, but a referendum on amending the constitution. As of 14:00 the polls here already attended 59.5 percent of registered voters - needed for the referendum turnout threshold successfully achieved.

This was stated by the chairman of the national electoral commission, Ismail Baikhanov. According to him, to recognize the referendum took place in the voting were to take the participation of 50 percent of the voters plus one vote.

Residents of Chechnya are invited to vote for an increase in the term of office of the president and parliament from the current four to five years, replacing the bicameral parliament in the unicameral, while reducing the number of deputies. Parliament of Chechnya can get right to make changes and additions to the constitution without a referendum.

In addition, changes to the constitution of Chechnya suggest the abolition of the provisions of the popularly elected president. Instead, the constitution, an article appeared on the allotment of his powers. Another change involves giving the Russian language the status of state language of the republic - along with a Chechen. About this passes, " Interfax ".

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