Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Russia's Medvedev Signs Extension of Presidential Terms

From Voice Of America:

Russian President Dmitri Medvedev has signed a constitutional amendment extending presidential terms from four years to six years following its speedy approval by lawmakers.

The measure signed Tuesday does not apply to Mr. Medvedev's current term, which expires in 2012. But, critics said they are designed to help his predecessor, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, return to the presidency.

The new law also extends the term of Russia's parliament from four to five years.

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