Parliamentary elections hand Putin unrivaled, 'czarist' power

  • 2003-12-11
  • By Yana Dlugy, AFP
MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin will be able to do as he pleases during a likely second term, analysts said Dec. 8 after Kremlin allies swept a parliamentary poll that ousted liberals from the lower chamber for the first time in post-Soviet history."Putin's victory," declared the Vedomosti business daily on its front page. "Changing the basic law will be as easy as cutting butter with a knife" if pro-Kremlin parties net a two-thirds majority in the new Parliament - the amount necessary to change the constitution - as is likely, the paper wrote.An analyst at Moscow's Panorama political res...
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