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Putin says he may seek 4th presidential term

Published: Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 11:09 a.m. CDT
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(Maxim Shipenkov)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, speaks during the final plenary meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in the Novgorod Region, on the banks of Lake Valdai, Russia, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Maxim Shipenkov, pool)

VALDAI, Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says he could run for a fourth presidential term in 2018. If he serves four terms, that would keep him in power for about a quarter century and make him the nation's longest-serving leader since Josef Stalin.

Putin, who served two consecutive four-year terms starting in 2000, became prime minister in 2008 to observe a constitutional limit of two consecutive terms.

Putin continued calling the shots as premier with his longtime ally, Dmitry Medvedev, serving as a placeholder. Medvedev initiated a law that extended the presidential term to six years, and Putin won a third term in 2012 despite major public protests in Moscow against his rule.

Asked Thursday whether he would seek another term in 2018, Putin said that he doesn't exclude that.

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