Oh, the irony: Communist leader wants ‘more democratic’ Russian Constitution


December 18, 2017 – FRN – 

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RIA News – by Inessa Sinchougova 

The KPRF party has proposed “to repair the constitution” and introduce control over the executive branch.

“We intend to maximally repair the constitution, in which there is currently no control over executive power,” Zyuganov said at a press conference.

“We do not have a full-fledged State Council – there are regional governors, and there is a government that gathers, all of whom are accountable to one person. He can drive them all out in one evening – this is abnormal, absolutely. We believe that there should be a Supreme State Council, in which talented people can realize their plans, their proposals, but no major decision of the president should be ignored by this Supreme Council,”  Zyuganov added.

Russia’s system of government is what’s called a tripartite Presidential system, which is based on the same separation of powers doctrine as any Westminster style system; an Executive, a bicameral Legislature and a Judiciary. The system most similar to Russia’s is that of France – which has both a President and a Prime Minister, unlike the US Presidential system, for example. 

However, due to Russia’s historical circumstances – the Executive branch of government developed to carry more powers than the other two. Yeltsin’s 1993 putsch resulted in a military confrontation, largely driven by the fact that both the Executive and Legislature had the same amount of power, where neither was able to outvote the other, and eventually came to an impasse. 

To avoid such stalemates, the Constitution was later amended to give the Executive more powers than that of parliament.  

There are numerous other nuances to the exact process of Russia’s constitutional democracy, however it continues to be the subject of debate by political scientists. 

The next presidential election in Russia will be held in March 2018, the election campaign officially started on December 18.

Inessa Sinchougova is an Editor and Journalist at Fort Russ News, as well as a research fellow and translator of the Belgrade based think-tank, the Center for Syncretic Studies. She was educated at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), in the field of Political Science and was previously employed in Marketing and Communications Strategy for a Multi-National Corporation. She runs a popular YouTube channel for translations of key Russian Foreign Policy figures and appears regularly on other alternative media channels. If you like her work, you can support her Patreon here.

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