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Old 03-10-2020, 11:59 AM
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Putin backs amendment allowing him to remain in power

That's the headline of this AP story; gotta be my favorite in recent memory. I mean, it shoulda been followed by "; duh".
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday backed a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow him to seek re-election after his current term ends in 2024, ending uncertainty about his future.

A lawmaker who is revered in Russia as the first woman to fly in space proposed either scrapping Russiaís two-term limit for presidents or resetting the clock so Putinís four terms wouldnít count. Putin and the Kremlin-controlled State Duma quickly endorsed the proposal put forward by former Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova.

Kremlin critics denounced the move as cynical manipulation and called for protests. Lawmakers also passed a sweeping set of constitutional changes Putin proposed in January that Kremlin foes saw as intended to keep him in power.

In a speech to lawmakers Tuesday, Putin spoke against scrapping presidential term limits altogether but backed the idea that if the constitution is revised, the two-term limit only would apply from 2024 on. The presidentís current six-year term expires in 2024.

A vote on the constitutional amendments is scheduled for next month.