In Sunday’s election for the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, President Vladimir Putin’s party was set to gain more than two thirds of the chamber’s 450 seats, enough to revise the Constitution. With Mr. Putin running as the lead candidate of United Russia, the election result represents a vote of confidence for the president, who has been in office for almost eight years.
The Constitution prohibits him from running for a third consecutive term in a March 2, 2008, presidential election and United Russia leader Boris Gryzlov said that the party has no plans to change the Constitution.
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