Putin says he’s not a fan of no term lim­its for a pres­i­dent

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - NATION & WORLD -

MOSCOW — Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin said Sat­ur­day that he op­poses the idea of an un­lim­ited term in of­fice for the coun­try’s leader like the sys­tem that ex­isted in the Soviet Union.

Putin’s com­ment at a meet­ing with World War II vet­er­ans in St. Peters­burg came days af­ter he called for con­sti­tu­tional changes that could help him stay in power once his term ends in 2024.

“It would be very dis­turb­ing to re­turn to the sit­u­a­tion of the mid-1980s, with the lead­ers of the state, one by one, stay­ing in power un­til the end of their days,” Putin told a vet­eran who sug­gested not hav­ing pres­i­den­tial term lim­its.

In his Wed­nes­day state of the na­tion ad­dress, Putin sug­gested amend­ing the con­sti­tu­tion to al­low law­mak­ers to name prime min­is­ters and Cab­i­net mem­bers.

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