The draft bill on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s term appeared on the website of the Russian State Duma after being registered on Friday and sent to the Duma’s Chairman. The document was introduced by the Parliament of the Chechen Republic.
On May 9, Chechen legislators proposed to allow the Russian President to hold the post for three consecutive terms. This suggestion was initially put forward by the Head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, who stated that “there is no alternative” to Vladimir Putin.
The explanatory note to the draft bill states: “Section 3 of the Article 81 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation stipulates that the same person cannot hold the post of the President of the Russian Federation more than two consecutive terms. At the present stage of the country’s development, there is a need to increase the term of the Head of the State to three consecutive terms. This is required to maintain the achieved socio-political stability and the need to preserve it. Against the backdrop of a difficult external political environment, it is important to maintain the continuity of the state. If an amendment to the Constitution of the Russian Federation is adopted, the same person will not be able to hold the position of the President of the Russian Federation for more than three consecutive terms. The given amendment does not diminish democratic foundations of the State and enables people to determine the future of Russia.”
On May 7, Vladimir Putin was inaugurated as President for the fourth time.
In December 2008, Dmitry Medvedev, who served as the President of the Russian Federation at the time, signed an amendment law to the Russian Constitution extending the term of the President from four to six years. At the same time, the Russian Constitution prohibits holding the post of the President for more than two consecutive terms.