2/4/2020, 1:11 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Putin: Constitution change not my power-grab

Russian President Vladimir Putin denied suggestions on Tuesday that he is changing his country's constitution so that he could remain in power for longer. According to Russian law, the president can hold two consecutive six-year terms which means Putin will not be able to run for president in 2024.

He also noted that he wants to hold a referendum on the final text of the new constitution so that Russian citizens have a final say on the distribution of power in the country.

The president is looking to change the constitution to give more power to the Russian parliament, thus making the position of prime minister stronger than that of the president. However, he recently noted the presidency needs to remain powerful.

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