News Flash: Putin Likely to Return to Power

Now here’s a surprise: Russia Could Bring Vladimir Putin Back as President:

Russia’s constitution will be amended by year’s end to extend the presidential term to six years, lawmakers promised Thursday — a move that could pave the way for Vladimir Putin’s return to the Kremlin.

It would be the first change to the Russian constitution since its adoption in 1993. A six-year term could mean 12 more years as president for Putin — the current prime minister — who has not ruled out getting his old job back.

President Dmitry Medvedev, a Putin protege, had suggested raising the term from four years to six Wednesday in his first state of the nation address.

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