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Retain influence after I step down: Putin

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Moscow, Oct 25: Russia's President Vladimir Putin said today he expected to retain political influence after he steps down at the end of his final term in 2008, but did not specify in what role.

''Even after I no longer have presidential powers ... I think that, without tailoring the constitution to suit my personal interests, I will be able to preserve the most important thing that is dear to any politician: your trust,'' Putin said in a televised question and answer session.

''Using this, we can together influence life in our country and guarantee that it develops in a continuous manner.''

REUTERS

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