Crimea Parliament unanimously votes in favor of adopting republic's constitution

The Crimean Parliament has voted unanimously in favor of adopting the republic's new constitution.

The Crimean Parliament has voted unanimously in favor of adopting the republic's new constitution.

Under the new constitution, the Republic of Crimea is a law-abiding and democratic state within the Russian Federation, and relations between the Republic of Crimea and the Russian Federation are regulated by their treaty. It also says that the territory of the Republic of Crimea is an integral part of Russia's territory.

The constitution designates three languages -Russian, Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar- as official languages in Crimea.

All 88 members of parliament present at the session hall on Friday supported the decision, an Interfax correspondent has reported.

The Crimean legislature has 100 members.

Russia's central government will not be required to endorse Crimea's new constitution, which will come into force following its publication in the Crimean News parliamentary newspaper.

Crimean Parliament Speaker Vladimir Konstantinov said earlier that the constitution may be published and enacted on Saturday, April 12.

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