` Powers of current ` Crimean Parliament ‘ to expire in September 2015 ‘

#AceWorldNews – SIMFEROPOL – Crimean parliament is declared as supreme authority on the peninsula, term of powers of local lawmakers is set until September 2015, the website of the Crimean Supreme Council, a local legislature, cited parliamentary resolution on legal succession of the Republic of Crimea as saying on Monday.

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` Crimea has declared an ` Independent Sovereign State ‘ the `Republic of Crimea ‘

#AceWorldNews Crimea has been declared an independent sovereign state, the Republic of Crimea, the autonomous Ukrainian regional parliament’s website stated. The Crimea Supreme Council unanimously voted to integrate of the region into Russia.

It’s after the announcement of the official results of the referendum: 96.77 percent of the Crimean population has voted ‘for’ integration of the region into the Russian Federation. The turnout was 83.1 per cent.

The referendum saw a massive turnout, with 81.3 percent of the eligible voting population participating, the head of the Crimean parliament’s commission on the referendum, Mikhail Malyshev, said.

There were 1,233,002 votes ‘for’ integration, with the total number of those who voted standing at 1,274,096 people.

Final figures of #Crimea vote: 1,2 million (97%) for joining Russia, 32 thousand (2,5%) for staying with Ukraine pic.twitter.com/pLyp3vQ0IM
— Alexey Yaroshevsky (@Yaro_RT) March 17, 2014
The referendum commission has not received any complaints, Malyshev stressed.

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#AceWorldNews The session that will draw up the…

#AceWorldNews The session that will draw up the results of the referendum is due to begin at 10:00 hours East European Standard Time.

Sergei Naryshkin, the speaker of Russia’s State Duma sized up the referendum as a historic one.

March 17, the Crimean Supreme Council is expected to issue a special application for the republic’s accession to the Russian Federation, First Deputy Prime Minister Rustam Temirgaliyev said. Sergei Naryshkin, the speaker of Russia’s State Duma sized up the referendum as a historic one. He said that Russia had been mostly losing people all the way beginning with 1991 and now it was eventually getting is fellow-countrymen back. #ANS2014

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` Polling Stations have opened in `Crimea ‘ and Tens of People started Voting ‘

#AceWorldNews – SIMFEROPOL, – All 1,205 polling stations in Crimea started working in routine mode, chairman of the committee for referendum in the Crimean Supreme Council Mikhail Malyshev told reporters on Sunday.

“Today our morning is good,” he said. “According to coming reports, all 1,205 polling stations opened and started working, all of them in routine mode,” he noted.

Meanwhile, he admitted that there were some difficulties related with weather.

“Telephone communications do not operate in Chernomorsky district, 54 from 55 polling stations are cut from electric power supplies in Belogorsk district, but all polling stations started working and possibly all technical difficulties have already been overcome,” Malyshev added.

“I note that the voting will last 12 hours without a break and will end at 8pm (10pm Moscow time),”the committee chairman said.

For his part, Crimean Minister of Information Dmitry Polonsky noted that “now no incidents were reported at polling stations.”

Meanwhile, little rain in the Crimean city of Simferopol did not hamper active voting among Crimean residents.

At polling stations number 08068 and 08069 agitation has been observed from the very first minutes of voting and even earlier, when people started lining up at the entrance to polling stations before eight hours in the morning, Itar-Tass reported.

From the start of voting tens of people have lined up for voting and people keep coming at polling stations.

More during the day …………………………

AFP – AP – itar-Tass – Reuters – VOR – News Sources

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` Crimean Minister of Information links ` Cyber Attacks ‘ on ` Crimean Supreme Council ‘ with the upcoming ` Crimean Referendum ‘

#AceWorldNews – SIMFEROPOL,The official websites of the Crimean Supreme Council and other authorities on the peninsula were hit by cyber attacks, Crimean Minister of Information and Mass Communications Dmitry Polonsky said on Friday.

The parliament’s website did no open in the past few hours. Websites of the republic’s ministries also worked with serious problems.

“It is true, massive DDoS attacks began on Friday. However, it did not affect activities of the bodies of power,” he said. The minister linked the cyber attacks with the upcoming Crimean referendum planned for March 16.

Specialists were working to restore the work of the portals, he said.

As was reported earlier on Friday, the Russian president’s official website and the website of Bank of Russia were attacked by hackers.

Specialists were doing everything, and their efforts allowed making the president’s website accessible practically for all, a Kremlin administration source said.

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