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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Duma to Consider Putin Bill

The State Duma Council has put a bill that would allow President Vladimir Putin to stand for a third term on the agenda for November, Interfax reported Tuesday.

The bill, submitted by the regional parliament of Chechnya, would require a constitutional amendment. Under the Constitution, the president is limited to two terms in office.

Putin has repeatedly insisted that he will not seek a third term. Leaders of the pro-Kremlin United Russia party have also spoken out against the idea.

A number of regional leaders and legislatures have called for amending the Constitution to allow Putin to remain in power for another four years.

Prior to the Chechen parliament's initiative, lawmakers in the Ivanovo region had proposed the change.

Also Tuesday, Central Elections Commission chief Alexander Veshnyakov said that next Wednesday his office would consider the possibility of holding a national referendum on the third-term issue.

Veshnyakov, who has consistently opposed the idea of amending the Constitution, said the North Ossetian Election Commission earlier this month proposed a referendum on allowing a third presidential term, RIA-Novosti reported.