The new parliament would be a bi-cameral body called the Federal Assembly, with a Council of Federation, representing regions and semi-autonomous republics, and a popularly elected Duma.
Mr Yeltsin's proposals would make it more difficult, though by no means impossible, to remove him from office.
The Russian president, who will be elected, as now, for a five-year term, would gain the right to initiate legislation and virtually to impose his own choice as prime minister irrespective of the balance of forces in parliament.
Only the prime minister would face any scrutiny from the legislature. Also within the president's gift would be the right to call referendums, issue decrees and negotiate treaties.Reuse content