Publication: Monitor Volume: 3 Issue: 189

Russian president Boris Yeltsin says he will not seek a third term as president. Yeltsin, speaking in Strasbourg where he is due to address a Council of Europe summit this afternoon, said that he is the guardian of the Russian constitution, which restricts the presidency of any individual to two consecutive terms. Yeltsin said he must set an example by abiding by the constitution, and that he hoped his place would be taken by "a young, energetic democrat." Only a week ago, in Nizhny Novgorod, Yeltsin said he was not ruling out a third term. That remark provoked a storm of speculation that he would run again. (Itar-Tass, AP, October 9)

Russian Duma Rejects Draft Budget.