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SECTION TWO

Concluding and interim provisions

 

1. The Constitution of the Russian Federation shall come into force from the moment of its official publication according to the results of the national referendum.

The day of the national referendum, December 12, 1993, shall be considered the day of adopting the Constitution of the Russian Federation.

At the same time the Constitution (Fundamental Law) of the Russian Federation — Russia adopted on April 12, 1978 with all amendments and additions shall cease to have effect.

In the event of the non-conformity to the Consti­tution of the Russian Federation of the provisions of the Federation Treaty — Treaty on the division of authorities and powers between federal State govern­ment bodies of the Russian Federation and the State government bodies of constituent sovereign republics of the Russian Federation, the Treaty on the division of authorities and powers between federal State go­vernment bodies of the Russian Federation and theState government bodies of krays, oblasts and the cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg of the Russian Federation, the Treaty on the division of authorities and powers between federal State government bodies of the Russian Federation and State government bodies of autonomous oblast and autonomous okrugs within the Russian Federation, and other treaties between federal State government bodies of the Russian Federation and State government bodies of constituent entities of the Russian Federation and treaties between State government bodies of consti­tuent entities of the Russian Federation, the provi­sions of the Constitution of the Russian Federation shall apply.

2. Laws and other legal acts which were in force on the territory of the Russian Federation before this Constitution comes into force shall apply to the ex­tent that they do not conflict with the Constitution of the Russian Federation.

3. The President of the Russian Federation, elected in accordance with the Constitution (Fun­damental Law) of the Russian Federation — Rus­sia, shall from the day that this Constitution comes into force exercise the powers established by it un­til the term of office for which he (she) was elected expires.

4. The Council of Ministers — Government of the Russian Federation — from the moment that this Constitution comes into force, shall acquire the rights, obligations and responsibilities of the Govern­ment of the Russian Federation, which are estab­lished by the Constitution of the Russian Federation and shall hereafter be called the Government of the Russian Federation.

5. The courts of the Russian Federation shall ad­minister justice in accordance with their powers as established by this Constitution.

After the Constitution has come into force, judges of all courts of the Russian Federation shall retain their powers until the term for which they were elected expires. Vacant positions shall be filled in ac­cordance with the procedure established by this Constitution.

6. Until the adoption and implementation of the federal law, which establishes the procedure for the examination of cases by a court of jury, the existing procedure for the court examination of correspon­ding cases shall apply.

Until criminal-procedural legislation of the Rus­sian Federation has been brought into line with the provisions of this Constitution, the previous proce­dure for the arrest, detention and keeping in custody of persons suspected of committing a crime shall ap­ply.

7. The Council of Federation of the first convoca­tion and the State Duma of the first convocation shall be elected for a period of two years.

8. The Council of Federation shall meet for its first session on the thirtieth day after the elections. The first session of the Council of Federation shall be opened by the President of the Russian Federa­tion.

9. A deputy of the State Duma of the first convo­cation may be simultaneously a member of the Go­vernment of the Russian Federation. Provisions of this Constitution on the immunity of deputies with respect to responsibility for actions (inaction) con­nected with the fulfilment of their official duties shall not extend to deputies of the State Duma who are members of the Government of the Russian Federa­tion.

Deputies of the Council of Federation of the first convocation shall exercise their powers on a non-permanent basis.

 


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