Medvedev prolongs term to six years

Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev proposed that the term in office of the president be increased to six years. At the same time, the term in office of the State Duma would be increased to five years. In addition, members of the parliament’s upper chamber, the Federation Council, would only be appointed from among representatives of the executive branch. Medvedev announced the proposed amendments to Russia’s constitution in his annual address to the Federation Council on 5 November 2008.

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