Russia to extend presidential term

Upper house passes reform allowing terms from four to six years.

    Critics are fearful that the extension may be a precursor to Putin's return to the presidency [AFP]

    It will take effect from the next presidential election in 2012 and also extends State Duma - the lower house - terms from four to five years.

    Once Medvedev has signed the reform it will become law.

    Critics have voiced concern that the move is being planned in advance of Vladimir Putin, the prime minister, returning to his former post as president.

    However, this has been denied by officials.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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