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Russian Constitutional Court Chairman Opposes Longer Presidential Term January 31, 2007

Posted by notapundit in World News.
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MOSCOW (AP)–The chairman of the Russian Constitutional Court said Wednesday he opposes amending the constitution to extend presidential terms, according to a Russian news agency report.

There is an ongoing debate in Russia over whether the president should be allowed to stay in power beyond 2008.

“In my opinion, there is no need to change anything until such changes become unavoidable,” Valery Zorkin was quoted as saying by Interfax. “If you touch one thing, something else will come crashing down. We have to learn to live by this Constitution.”

Earlier this week, a senior Justice Ministry official reportedly called for extending the presidential term to seven years, arguing that four wasn’t enough to govern such a big country.

The Constitutional Court’s press service declined to comment on the report.

The Constitution limits presidents to two consecutive four-year terms, and President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly said it shouldn’t be altered to enable him to remain in office after his second term ends next year.

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