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    PUTIN SPEAKS AGAINST PRESIDENTIAL TERM INCREASED

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    MOSCOW, February 12 (RIA Novosti) - Russian President Vladimir Putin again confirmed his negative attitude toward the idea of increasing the term of presidency up to seven years, with which the lawmakers of a Russian region came forward recently. The Russian leader explains the appearance of such initiatives by "a desire to gain some stability," but is afraid that "stability might turn into stagnation." Besides, amendments will have to be made into the Constitution, which "will negatively tell on the development of the Russian statehood," Putin said at a Thursday meeting with his authorized representatives.

    "The Fundamental Law of the state had better not be changed," we should work within the frames its founders laid, Putin believes.

    Maybe, five years would be okay, but seven is a bit too much, the president joked. In his words, with the large number of problems in the country, the president has to work to the full extent, and for seven years of such work "one can go insane." By Putin's estimate, "four years is not much and not little." The Russian leader said the task of a top manager is to offer society a person who will in a worthy manner work further. With this new leader, new ideas and new people will come that will be useful for the state's development, said the Russian president.

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