MOSCOW, February 26 (RAPSI) – A co-chairman of the working group on drafting amendments to the Constitution, chair of the Federation Council’s Committee for Legislation and State Building Andrey Klishas on Wednesday proposed to schedule the All-Russia voting on the issue for April 22.

On Wednesday, President Vladimir Putin met with the working group on drafting proposals for amendments to the Constitution.

According to the President, the number of submitted proposals about amendments to the Russian Constitution has nearly reached 900.

President Vladimir Putin brought the bill to amend the Constitution before the parliament on January 20. He clarified the essence of the amendments proposed to the Constitution at a meeting with members of a working group established to elaborate the respective suggestions on January 16.

According to the President, the amendments are aimed to further the development of Russia as a social welfare state governed by the rule of law, as well as to achieve higher efficiency of its national institutions, strengthen the role played by its civil society, political parties, and Russia’s regions in working out most important decisions concerning the development of the state.

Vladimir Putin stated that Russia was to remain a Presidential republic, but a more open one, where the significance of its Parliament was to grow, whereas interrelations of lawmakers with the government were to be strengthened.

The President was to retain serious powers to dismiss from their posts those violating the law and those failing to be scrupulous about their duties on the basis of loss of trust, Putin said.

The Head of the State believes that these powers were imperative due to the complex state structure of Russia, its multi-confessional and multi-ethnic nature, and vast territory.

The working group on preparation of proposals concerning amendments to the Constitution was approved by the President on January 15. Among its members are representatives of the Federation Council, State Duma and other public figures.