The Parliament of Chechnya made amendments to Russia’s Constitution on the extension of the mandate of Russian President to three terms in a row. The relevant bill was made available in the database of the lower chamber of Russian Parliament.
The Chechen MPs explained the necessity of the amendments with an “achieved social and political stability”. “It is important to preserve the succession of the state’s authority amid the existing tricky situation concerning the internal political background,” the authors of the bill state.
According to them, this amendment “does not deprecate the democratic principles of the state and gives the nation an opportunity to define Russia’s future”.
As it is known, for now, Russia’s Constitution forbids the President to hold a position for more than two terms in a row.
The incumbent head of the state Vladimir Putin was elected president in 2000. His second term ended in 2008, when Dmitry Medvedev, Putin’s long-time collaborator, was elected the President of Russia. Putin was elected the PM.
At the end of his term, Medvedev offered Putin to run for the presidential post again and he was elected president in March 2012. Then Putin made Medvedev PM.
In March this year, Putin ran for president for the fourth time and won again. Medvedev remained on the PM post with his inauguration.
It is noteworthy that earlier in Russia there were some amendments to the Constitution concerning the presidential powers made. In particular, the presidential term was extended from four to six years in 2008.