Putin submits reform plans to Russian parliament Jan 21, 2020 0 331 12345 afpMoscowRussian President Vladimir Putin on Monday submitted a package of constitutional amendments to parliament less than a week after announcing a surprise plan to reform the political system.The bill on the amendments, available on the website of the lower house State Duma, proposed changes including the transfer of some power away from the presidency. The reforms include giving parliament the power to name the prime minister and limiting the president to only two terms in total, instead of two successive terms.There has been speculation that the reforms are aimed at allowing Putin to hold on to power when his fourth Kremlin term expires in 2024. Putin announced the changes in his state of the nation address last Wednesday, prompting the government to quickly resign.Experts and popular figures have been formed to study the proposals and Putin has promised a public vote on the amendments. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Evacuation crackdown ordered as Philippine volcano ‘recharges’ Jan 21, 2020 0 898 China confirms human-to-human transmission as SARS-like virus spreads Jan 21, 2020 0 516 State of emergency amid fears of violence at Virginia pro-gun rally Jan 21, 2020 0 848 Trump’s legal team demands immediate acquittal AFP Washington President Donald Trump’s lawyers submitted a trial brief on Monday calling his impeachment by the House “a dangerous perversion” of the US constitution and demanding his immediate acquittal by the .. Outcry in Pakistan as lawyers’ group asks members to declare faith Islamabad: A lawyers’ association in Pakistan has triggered criticism by asking its Muslim members to submit a certificate of faith declaring belief in the finality of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH). The move by the .. Indian Christians protest against new citizenship law Kolkata: More than 8,000 people from the Christian community took to the streets in eastern India on Monday to protest against a citizenship law that critics say discriminates against Muslims. One of the protest .. British PM suffers first defeat since election after losing vote on post-Brexit citizens rights AFP London British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday suffered his first parliamentary defeat since the election when peers voted to give EU citizens physical proof of their right to stay after Brexit. Members of the ..