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Putin Eyes Third-Term Bid for Presidency

Tuesday, 07 Sep 2010 08:41 AM


For months, Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin has done nothing to dampen speculation that he is seriously considering a bid to return to the presidency in the 2012 election, The New York Times reports.

On Monday night, he offered another hint at his plans by referring to the political career of a former president of a different country: Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Mr. Putin, asked whether he would damage Russia’s political system if he chose to run again, noted that Roosevelt was elected four times in the United States because at the time, it was allowed under the Constitution.

Mr. Putin seemed to be suggesting that if he ran again, it would be as proper because he would be complying with Russia’s Constitution.

Mr. Putin was elected to two terms as president but was barred under the Constitution from a third consecutive term. He nominated his protégé, Dmitri A. Medvedev, as his successor, and after easily winning in March 2008, Mr. Medvedev appointed Mr. Putin as prime minister. Mr. Putin is still widely seen in Russia as the country’s paramount leader.

The Constitution does not prevent Mr. Putin from seeking the presidency again in 2012, and he and Mr. Medvedev have not revealed their intentions, though they have said they will closely consult with each other.

Over the years, Mr. Putin and his aides have sometimes cited Roosevelt in an effort to parry questions about the length of Mr. Putin’s tenure.

Read the entire story at nytimes.com

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