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Putin signs law allowing two more elections after term ends in 2024 – Young Pan

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Kremlin has governed Russia since 1999, when Boris Yeltsin was installed prime minister

EFE / EPA / ALEXEI DRUZHININ / SPUTNIK / KREMLIN POOLPutin was elected for the third time in 2012 and for the fourth time in 2018

The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, sanctioned this Monday, 5th, the law that allows him to run two more new terms of six years each. The move paves the way for him to remain in the Kremlin until 2036, when he will be 83 years old. The text, published in the Official Gazette of the Russian government, was approved by Parliament and also in a referendum held in 2020. Putin was due to end his presidential term in 2024, when the current term ends.

The country’s legislation today does not allow a president to serve more than two consecutive terms. But, according to the law enacted on Monday, “this restriction does not apply to those who held the position of head of state before the changes to the Constitution came into force.” With that, starting in 2024, the president will still be able to try to reelect himself for two more six-year terms. If that happens, he could stay in power until 2036.

Vladmir Putin has governed Russia since 1999, when he was installed prime minister for Boris Yeltsin. Initially, he was president for two consecutive four-year terms starting in 2000. At the end of that period, in 2008, an ally, Dmitry Medvedev, assumed the presidency while Putin himself served as prime minister. During Medvedev’s term, the presidential term was extended to six years. Putin was elected for the third time in 2012 and for the fourth time in 2018.

* With information from reporter Vitor Brown

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