Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

ENCORE!

'An American in Paris', a truly transatlantic collaboration

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Oil prices 'could fall further' without OPEC output cut

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

How not to argue over Thanksgiving dinner

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Just how green is François Hollande?

Read more

WEB NEWS

USA: African Americans call for boycott of 'Black Friday'

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Sierra Leone: UN won't meet December 1st target for containing Ebola virus

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Sarkozy criticised for comments about former justice minister's origins

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Mexico kidnappings: Mother speaks out over missing daughter

Read more

DEBATE

The Pope's wake-up call: How to kickstart 'haggard' Europe (part 2)

Read more

Parliament votes to extend presidential term

Text by REUTERS

Latest update : 2008-11-22

The Russian State Duma has approved a bill extending the legal presidential terms from four to six years, in a move viewed as paving the way for Vladimir Putin's return to power. The changes still require approval by the upper house.

Russia's lower house of parliament on Friday approved on final reading a constitutional amendment extending the presidential term of office from four to six years.

The amendment was passed by the State Duma lower house by 392 votes to 57. Kremlin critics say the change could be part of a plan for ex-president Vladimir Putin to return to his old job, though officials have denied that.

The chamber, dominated by Putin's ruling United Russia party, also voted overwhelmingly to extend its own term to five years from four years.

The amendments, proposed by President Dmitry Medvedev, now have to be approved by three quarters of the upper chamber of parliament and two thirds of regional legislatures across Russia to become law.

The longer Kremlin term will not apply to the term Medvedev is serving now, and Putin's spokesman has said there is no plan for an early presidential election.
 

Date created : 2008-11-21

COMMENT(S)