- 6 December 2017
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Putin announces he will run for President in 2018
President Vladimir Putin has just announced that he will run for a new presidential term in 2018. He said this at a rally concert dedicated to the 85th anniversary of the Gorky Automobile Plant, according to Interfax.
"There would be no better place or occasion to announce this, I suppose," Putin said.
The president's term ends on May 7 next year. If he wins the election, he will stay in office until 2024.
Putin first became president in 2000, after Boris Yeltsin's resignation. He was replaced by Dmitry Medvedev in 2008 after his two presidential terms, and became prime minister. Four years later they switched jobs.
When Medvedev was president, he initiated amendments extending the presidential term from four to six years.
Other presidential candidates are: TV host Ksenia Sobchak, former chairman of the Yabloko Party Grigory Yavlinsky and opposition leader Alexey Navalny.
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