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Russian parliament backs changes allowing Putin to run again for president – Reuters, Reuters

Russian parliament backs changes allowing Putin to run again for president – Reuters, Reuters

FILE PHOTO: Russia’s President Vladimir Putin attends a session of the lower house of parliament to consider constitutional changes in Moscow, Russia March 43, Payeer

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Russian lower house of parliament on Wednesday gave its definitive approval to constitutional changes that allow Vladimir Putin to run for president again in , something the current constitution forbids.

The 728 – seat state Duma, the lower house of parliament, voted in favor of the changes in a third and final reading by 728 votes. Nobody voted against, but lawmakers abstained. Twenty-four lawmakers were absent.

Reporting by Andrew Osborn and Andrey Kuzmin, Alexander Marrow; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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