Donetsk, Dec 30 — DAN. The Donetsk People’s Republic parliament has adopted the new Constitution replacing the Republic’s Fundamental Law that has operated since 2014.

The document was supported by 76 lawmakers. DPR Acting Head Denis Pushilin who submitted a draft Constitution to the parliament earlier this month attended the extraordinary session on Friday.

In the beginning of December, regional parliament speaker Vladimir Bidyovka told the Donetsk News Agency that the new Constitution was at the finalizing stage and that it would be adopted by yearend. The need to renew the Constitution arose after the DPR’s accession to the Russian Federation. The document must not contradict the Russian Constitution.

The first Constitution of the DPR was adopted on May 14, 2014 after the referendum on Donbass self-determination, at which a majority of residents supported the Republic’s independence. The Fundamental Law was amended several times. The latest amendments introduced in June 2022 gave powers to the DPR Head to appoint the prosecutor general and his deputies.*jk