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Putin Says He Will Not Seek Another Term in 2008


Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin says he has no plans to seek a third term in office in 2008.

Reports Tuesday quote Mr. Putin as saying he will not change Russia's constitution so he can run for a third consecutive term. He admitted that theoretically, he could seek a third term at another time, but said he is not sure he would want to.

Mr. Putin made his comments at a meeting of Russian and German media executives in Hanover, Germany that was also attended by German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.

The Russian leader began his second four-year term last May after winning the election in a landslide, with about 70 percent of the vote. However, international observers said the balloting failed to meet the standards necessary for a "healthy democratic process."

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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