Putin is running for re-election in 2024

Henry

Russian leader Vladimir Putin has decided to run again in the presidential election next March, news agencies reported on Friday. This allows the Kremlin leader to extend his decades-long rule.

During an award ceremony for army personnel, Putin told Lt. Col. Artyom Zhoga, a Russian military officer, said he had decided to stand for election again, state-run news agencies reported.

“The president said he will make himself available again as president of the Russian Federation,” Zhoga said, according to news agency RIA Novosti. “All of us in the reunified territories, all of Russia, support him. We are very happy that he heeded our request,” Zhoga added, referring to the Ukrainian territories that Moscow considers its own.

However, Putin has not yet made a formal announcement. The election is scheduled for 15 – 17 March 2024.

“Our president has never and will not evade responsible decisions,” said Valentina Matvienko, the head of Russia’s parliament house. “Today he confirmed it anew.

Putin will not be faced by any major opposition and will likely seek as large a mandate as possible to mask local divisions over the conflict in Ukraine, analysts say.