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Putin says he will run for re-election in 2024

Vladimir Putin says he will run again for president in Russia’s March 2024 elections, in a move that could leave him in power until at least 2030.

Putin made the announcement this Friday (08) after a ceremony at the Kremlin, the Russian president’s official residence and seat of government.

Putin will run for his fifth presidential term in elections, scheduled for March 17, 2024, to solidify his continued hold on power as head of state or prime minister for more than two decades.

The upcoming elections will also mark the first time that residents of the occupied Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson, annexed by Russia during the war, will participate in presidential elections.

The international community previously condemned local elections in these regions, organized by Russian-backed officials, calling the election a “sham.”

The Kremlin has not yet released an official statement on Putin’s candidacy.

Putin became Russia’s acting prime minister in August 1999, before being unexpectedly handed the presidency by then-president Boris Yeltsin on New Year’s Eve that year.

He served two four-year terms as president before stepping aside in 2008 as he was not constitutionally allowed to run for another presidential term. He supported Dmitry Medvedev, who replaced him as president, while Putin took on the role of prime minister for a second time.

But he regained the presidency in 2012 and has not relinquished power since. After winning re-election in 2018, Putin signed a law in 2021 that paved the way for him to run for two more six-year terms.

The changes to the law mean that Putin, 71, could potentially extend his rule until 2036, by which time he will be in his mid-80s and his rule will be in its third decade.

Source: CNN Brasil

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