Russian ‘Eternal’ President signs law allowing him to hold office till 2036

MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday changed the country’s constitution that will allow him to run for two more terms and allowing him the chance to remain in power until 2036.

Putin, 68, who is currently serving his second consecutive term as president and his fourth in total, will potentially remain in power until the age of 83.

The details were shared on the official information website confirming that the law had been officially approved. If he could not pass the legislation, he would have to step down after his current term in 2024.

If the Russian premier is reelected twice and serves to the end of the second term, he will beat Josef Stalin, former premier of the Soviet Union, to become the longest-serving leader of the Russian federation.

Putin has served twice as president, from the year 2000- 2008 and 2012-2021 (present), as well as serving as a de facto leader while prime minister from 2008-12.

It is pertinent to mention that Putin signed an additional law granting former premiers a lifetime membership of the federation council or senate. In addition, he will also get immunity from prosecution upon leaving the office.

Many suggested that Putin positions himself to become Russia’s everlasting leader as Russian authorities have arrested the leading opposition voice, Alexei Navalny, since July polling.

The 44-year-old was held upon his return from Germany. Navalny was sentenced to 30 months in prison for violating the terms of his probation while convalescing in Germany.

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