Repeat: Is Yeltsin Thinking One More Time?

Is Yeltsin Thinking "One More Time"?

BORIS YELTSIN seems to be plotting a third presidential term in 2000. Everything he has done recently--from naming a new, malleable Prime Minister to doing a live Q&A on the Internet to bantering with journalists--points that way. So clear are the signs that a well-connected politician, YEGOR STROYEV, citing "intuition," publicly predicted a third Yeltsin term last week.

Yeltsin's election would hardly be automatic. First he must evade a constitutional two-term limit. Yeltsin's aides argue that since his first election in 1991 was under the old Soviet constitution, he has, under the 1993 Russian constitution, served only once. A more practical...

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