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Putin To Consider 2012 Presidential Run

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In a four-hour solo performance on live television, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said he will think about whether to reclaim the presidency - one of the strongest signals yet that he may run again for Russia's top office in 2012.

Putin, who also vowed that Russia would step up its efforts against terrorism, spoke during a question-and-answer show on television and radio that highlighted his dominance of Russia's political scene, according to a report from the Associated Press.

"I will think about it, there is still enough time," Putin said when asked whether he will run in the next election.

"Don't hold your breath," Putin told another person who asked whether he was planning to leave politics.

Putin added he wants to focus on his job as premier. He said he wants the freedom to make unpopular decisions without having to take electoral considerations into account.

Putin had to shift into the premier's seat in 2008 following two consecutive terms in office. Since the presidential term has been extended to six years, Putin is eligible to run again in 2012.