Russian Lawmaker Proposes Constitutional Change Allowing Putin To Run For Reelection

BREAKING: Russian President Vladimir Putin says he agrees with a proposed constitutional amendment allowing him to seek another term if it is approved by the Constitutional Court.

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Russian lawmaker Valentina Tereshkova of the ruling United Russia party has proposed to allow President Vladimir Putin to run again after his current term expires in 2024.

During parliamentary debate over a raft of amendments to the constitution on March 10, Tereshkova said that “it’s necessary either to lift the restriction on the number of presidential terms or, in case the situation requires it or people demand it, to allow the incumbent president to run for reelection after the amended constitution takes force.”

In January, Putin, who since 2018 has been serving his final six-year term as allowed by the current constitution, called for a series of amendments that amounted to a major restructuring of legal powers between the presidency and the parliament.

State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin announced a break in the session after Tereshkova’s proposal, saying the amendment must be discussed with Putin and leaders of the Duma party factions.

Sergei Neverov, the chief of the United Russia group in the State Duma, parliament’s lower chamber, said that his party will support Tereshkova’s proposal.

Based on reporting by TASS, Interfax, and Dozhd

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