JRL NEWSWATCH: “Russia’s Putin remains secretive about his future role” – AP/ Vladimir Isachenkov

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“… Putin remained tight-lipped about his future role … as he fast-tracks … constitutional changes widely seen as an attempt to maintain his dominance … after … 2024. … Putin, 67, has been in power for more than 20 years, longer than any other Russian or Soviet leader since Josef Stalin, who led from 1924 until his death in 1953. … Putin has argued that the constitutional amendments are intended to strengthen democracy, but Kremlin foes have charged that they are aimed at allowing him lifelong rule. … Putin suggested that the constitution must specify the authority of the State Council, an advisory body … of regional governors and top federal officials. The Kremlin’s constitutional bill … empowers the council to ‘determine the main directions of home and foreign policy,’ …. Some … alleged … Putin may continue calling the shots as the Council’s head ….”

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