Vladimir Putin hints he could seek a fifth term as Russia’s President in 2024

Bloomberg Moscow | Updated on June 22, 2020 Published on June 22, 2020

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin said hell consider running for a fifth presidential term in 2024, arguing that the hunt for any successor risks paralysing Russia's government as the next election nears.

“I don’t rule out such a possibility, if the necessary amendment to the constitution was approved. I haven’t made up my mind yet,” said Putin in a television documentary.

On July 1, Russians will vote on the most sweeping changes to the nations constitution since it was adopted almost 30 years ago. One of the amendments would allow Putin, 67, to reset his term-limit odometer to zero even though he has already served four, and to helm the country for two more six-year terms when his current one expires in 2024.

“Without that amendment, I can tell you from my own experience that in about two years, instead of the regular rhythmic work on many levels of government, you would have eyes shifting around hunting for possible successors. It is necessary to work, not look for successors,” Putin said.

Published on June 22, 2020
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