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Putin rules out third term in 2008

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  • Greg Cannon
    http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/003200504121651.htm Putin rules out running for third presidential term in 2008 Moscow, April. 12 (AP): Russian President
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      Putin rules out running for third presidential term in
      2008

      Moscow, April. 12 (AP): Russian President Vladimir
      Putin, once again ruled out running for re-election in
      2008, the Kremlin today quoted him as saying.

      Amid continuing speculation about the Russian leader's
      wish to remain in power despite a constitutional bar
      on a third consecutive term, Putin told a group of
      media executives in Hanover, yesterday that he would
      not seek to change the Constitution.

      "I will not change the Constitution and in line with
      the Constitution, you cannot run for President three
      times in a row," he said, according to the
      presidential administration.

      Putin pointed out that he could theoretically seek a
      third term at a later date. But he added: "True, I am
      not certain that I want to."

      Political analysts said Putin's team was still casting
      around for ways to ensure it keeps control of the
      country when the President is due to step down in
      2008.

      One option floated in political circles was to change
      the Constitution to make the Presidency ceremonial,
      turning Russia into a parliamentary republic in which
      Putin as Prime Minister would continue to hold the
      reins of power.

      But that appears to have been shelved because of
      resistance to such a radical change to the political
      system, said Olga Kryshtanovskaya, a political
      observer who specializes in the Russian elite.

      Instead, another possibility could be to shift much of
      the powers from the Presidency to the Prime Minister,
      leaving Putin's successor with a limited role - which
      could be achieved without amending the Constitution,
      she said.
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