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Sevastopol’s municipal council makes decision city joins Russia as separate member

March 17, 2014, 12:44 UTC+3 SEVASTOPOL
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SEVASTOPOL, March 17,  /ITAR-TASS/. Participants in an emergency session of Sevastopol’s municipal council have voted unanimously for the city’s joining Russia as a separate member of the Federation.

The council approved results of the referendum, where 95.6% of the vote supported Crimea’s joining Russia.

The council has authorised Head of Sevastopol’s Coordinating Council Alexei Chalyi to sign a respective agreement with Russia.

During the debates, members of the Council made an amendment to the initial draft resolution: instead of the City of Sevastopol they formulated the Hero City of Sevastopol.

A decision was taken to rename the City Council as the Legislative Assembly and create a new deputy group “Sevastopol-Russia” that got the majority.

A total of 96.7% of residents, who took part in the referendum, had voted for Crimea’s reunification with Russia, the referendum commission head, Mikhail Malyshev, said, adding that the turnout had reached 83.1%.

The ballots in the referendum contained two questions: 1) Are you in favour of Crimea's reunification with Russia in the status of a constituent territory of the Russian Federation and 2) Are you in favour of restoring the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Crimea and its status of an integral part of Ukraine.

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