MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday proposed giving parliament the power to choose Russia’s prime minister and other key positions, a major change to the Russian constitution that may offer a hint about his own future.
Putin’s comments are likely to reignite speculation about his plans once his current presidential term ends in 2024.
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Critics have long accused him of plotting to stay on in some capacity to wield power over the world’s largest nation after he steps down. He remains popular with many Russians who see him as a welcome source of stability even as others complain he’s been in power for too long.
In his annual state-of-the-nation speech, Putin said the changes he was proposing to Russia’s political system — handing parliament and the prime minister more power at the expense of the president — were so serious that he wanted a nationwide referendum to be held to agree them.
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