Russian Regional Governor Proposes to Extend Putin’s Presidential Term
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Russian Regional Governor Proposes to Extend Putin’s Presidential Term

MosNews | August 18, 2005

Russian president Vladimir Putin does not need a third term but the term in office itself should be extended from four to seven years, governor of Novgorod region in the north of Russia has said.

In an interview to Izvestia newspaper, Mikhail Prusak said he believed that an amendment could be introduced that would allow the president to govern for two terms of seven years.

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The constitution should not be rewritten for the sake of a third term, he said. “We will fray the basic law if we do this,” Prusak added.

Earlier, lawmakers in different Russian regions had brought in initiatives to allow Putin to run for the third term. For instance, a lawmaker of of the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly made a project of a bill on an amendment to the constitution reading that “one and the same person cannot hold the post of the Russian president for more than three consecutive terms.” Currently, it is impossible for a person to be president for more than two terms in a row.

Also, a group of deputies of the local legislature in the Russian Far East region of Primorye had drafted amendments to the Constitution enabling Putin to run for the third term. They said that the effective constitution contained contradiction and should be amended. In accordance with Article 32 of the Constitution, citizens of the Russian Federation have the right to vote and run for government posts if they are legally capable and are not serving a prison sentence passed by a court of law. However, Article 81, paragraph 3, says that one and the same person cannot hold the post of the Russian president for more than two consecutive terms. In other words, one article does not impose any limitations while another one does, one of the deputies said.

Putin has recently said that he “maybe would like to” (run for president in 2008) but the Constitution did not permit to do so.

Putin’s second term expires in March 2008.

 

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