Putin rules out third term in 2008
Putin rules out running for third presidential term in
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
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
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,