Russian parliament nixes amendment that could have given Putin third term David Shucosky at 11:02 AM ET
[JURIST] A proposed amendment to the Russian Constitution [text in English] that would have allowed President Vladimir Putin [official website] to serve a third term [JURIST report] fell far short of approval by the State Duma on Wednesday. Only 32 members of Russia's lower house voted for it, with 99 voting against. The measure needed 226 votes to pass. Putin's term expires in 2008; he took no public position on the amendment, introduced by a member of the United Russia party. MosNews has more.
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