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Russia: Court Grants Regional Leaders Right To Third Term

Moscow, 9 July 2002 (RFE/RL) -- Russia's Constitutional Court today granted regional leaders the right to run for a third term. The court ruled that a leader's official first term is the one to which he was elected after October 1999, when a law restricting them to two terms went into effect.

The decision allows many regional leaders, including Moscow Mayor Yurii Luzhkov, to run for a third term.

Liberal lawmakers condemned the decision, saying that it will lead to what they called "continued feudalization."