Putin says he didn’t propose amendments to Russian constitution to extend his mandate

Putin says he didn’t propose amendments to Russian constitution to extend his mandate
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Russian President Vladimir Putin did not propose amendments to the Russian constitution to prolong his stay in power, he said during a meeting with members of the public in Russia’s Cherepovets, APA reports citing TASS.

"Essentially, our Constitution says that municipalities are not directly connected to the state. There should be a united system of power, so that the upper levels of power can be responsible for what is happening at lower levels and so that those who work in municipal bodies would be connected to the country and its interests. The same should take place in many other areas, and this is why I proposed it, and not to extend my mandate," he said.

According to Putin, the wider the discussion on the constitutional amendments is, the more national the Russian Constitution would become.

"We would like to avoid getting bogged down in the amendments or anything else, that’s for sure," Putin said. "But the fact that discussion is unfolding with such a wide front, this brings me joy, actually, because the more people get involved in this process, the more popular the Constitution and our amendments would become."

 
 

According to the president, people would feel involved thanks to this wide discussion.

"[People] would feel like they co-authored this document. But I proposed the nationwide vote exactly so that even those who don’t take part in this discussion, could participate in the final decision," the president added.

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