On January 26, in less than an hour and a half, the State Council of Tatarstan considered and adopted the amendments to the Constitution of the republic in three readings. The main change concerns the fact that Tatarstan is giving up the post of president right now, immediately after these amendments come into force.
Although at the end of December, the deputies decided that the current head of the region, Rustam Minikhanov, will retain the post of president of Tatarstan until the end of his term of office in 2025. Now Tatarstan will lose its president, in fact, in the coming days. The position of the newly elected head of the region will be called "head - president of the Republic of Tatarstan". The new amendments must be signed by Minikhaniv.
Albert Khabibullin, head of the specialized committee, did not explain why the State Council of Tatarstan changed its decision. He also asked the deputies not to open a debate on this issue. Chairman of the State Council Farid Mukhametshin spoke against the discussion of the amendments, believing that there is no need to "politicize" this issue.
The text of the amendments adopted by the parliament has not yet been published. Khabibullin reported that 25 articles in the Constitution of the republics are losing their force. Among them, Tatarstan will no longer accept candidates for prosecutors, references to the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Tatarstan (RT) and agreements on the separation of powers will be removed, the article on citizenship of the RT will be excluded, and deputies of the State Council will not have immunity.
Renaming the position of the president of the republic at the head is required by federal legislation. This has already happened in other regions of Russia.
The word "rais" is used to denote the head of state in a number of Arab countries, from Arabic it is translated as "president" or "head", thus "Rais of the Republic of Tatarstan" actually means "president".