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    Putin Says Adheres to Constitution, No More Than Two Presidential Terms in Row

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    ST. PETERSBURG (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday he adheres to the provisions of the Russian Constitution and will not run for a third presidential term in a row.

    "I have always strictly adhered to the Constitution of the Russian Federation. It is clearly stated in the Constitution: no more than two consecutive terms. Now I have a second term. As you remember, I was twice president before that, and then left the post of president, because the Constitution did not allow me to be elected for a third time, that's all. I intend to adhere to this rule in the future," Putin said in response.

    At a meeting with the chief executives and editors-in-chief of international news agencies, a female participant, asking her question, recalled Putin's words that he could leave the post of president at the end of his term.

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    The presidential election took place in Russia on March 18, with Vladimir Putin securing a landslide victory, winning 76.69 percent of the votes with the total turnout of 67.54 percent.

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