Russia's Central Election Commission on Wednesday dismissed an appeal that would have allowed President Vladimir Putin to run for a third term.
The country's chief election body ruled against an appeal filed by a regional group seeking to conduct a referendum asking citizens whether the country's president can serve more than two consecutive terms, a spokesman at the commission said, reports AP.
Russia's constitution bars presidents from serving more than two four-year terms in a row but several organizations have called to amend the law to allow the popular Putin to stay in power.
However, the Wednesday ruling referred specifically to a specific proposal from the "Accord and Stability" group in the southern province of North Ossetia and appeared to leave the door open for other proposals on the subject.
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