The Duma approves Putin's suggested amendments to the Constitution

Moscow - The Duma (Russia's lower chamber) approved on Thursday at the first reading a bill on the amendments to the Constitution recently proposed by President Vladimir Putin in his speech to the nation.

This time it was the proposal for improving the solution of several issues on arranging public power, which includes removing the term 'consecutive' to refer to the two presidential terms.

By doing so, the elected to the position of head of State could only serve for two terms. Previously, the law allowed Putin to serve for two consecutive terms, from 2000 to 2008 and after a break as prime minister, return to that position in 2012. In addition, the bill also addresses changes in the Duma's prerogatives to ratify the PM's and other government officials' proposal.

The vote on second reading of the aforementioned bill will be held on February 11. Judging by the lively discussion recorded in the session room, parliamentarians have their own recommendations for the bill approved today.

Putin had also suggested in his speech on January 15 to the two chambers of the Federal Assembly the conditions to assume the position of head of State.

In that regard, he indicated that the president must be a permanent resident in Russia of at least 25 years and in no way be able to have another foreign citizenship before or after being elected in that position.

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