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WORLD BRIEFING / RUSSIA

Duma overwhelmingly backs longer presidency

November 15, 2008|Times Wire Reports

Russia's lower house of parliament, the State Duma, voted overwhelmingly to lengthen the presidential term from four years to six, an action that opponents called a step toward Prime Minister Vladimir Putin returning to the office.

The constitutional amendment faces two more votes but appears certain to be enacted.

Political analysts and Kremlin foes predict that President Dmitry Medvedev could step down as early as next year, making Putin the acting president and triggering elections in which Putin would run and probably win.

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