Russian government said on Monday, April 5th, 2021 that, President Vladimir Putin has given final signatory to a law which paves way for him to remain in office for two more 6-year term until 2036.
The said legislation was proposed last year. With a voter turnout of 68%, about 78% of voters approved the constitutional reform which ended on July 1 purported to reset his two terms limit.
Even though the legislation was overwhelmingly approved, critics say the reform is a constitutional coup and self-serving as it limits future presidents to only two terms whilst paving way for Putin to extend his over two decades term in office.
The President 68, has said earlier that, he is yet to decide after his next term ends in 2024 whether to run for another term. If he finally opt to run, Putin could be in office until he is 83 years old.
Vladimir Putin is one of the country’s longest serving leaders; He has been in power for more than two decades which is longer than any other leader since Soviet dictator, Josef Stalin.
Apart from this endorsement, the new legislation also has provisions that prevents anyone who ever holds a foreign citizenship from running as Russian President.
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