(WASHINGTON EXAMINER) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin could stay leader of Russia for many years to come.
The Russian parliament passed a constitutional amendment that would allow Putin to run for two more terms as president, altering current laws preventing him in 2024 from running for his third presidential term in a row and his fifth overall. A Russian lawmaker proposed the change on Tuesday.
The State Duma passed the changes by a large margin with 383 votes. No lawmaker voted against the measure. The upper house, the Federation Council, passed the amendments with 160 voting in the affirmative, three abstentions, and only one vote against the measure.
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