Vladimir Putin on Tuesday urged Russians to vote for constitutional modifications that might permit him to run once more for President twice, calling the reforms a guarantor of stability, safety and prosperity.
Mr. Putin made his attraction on the scene of a bloody Second World War battle between the Red Army and the Nazis on the eve of the principle and final day of a seven-day nationwide vote that may change the Constitution for the primary time since 1993.
Under the proposed modifications, which State exit polls counsel will probably be backed by over two thirds of voters, Mr. Putin can be allowed to run for one other two six-year back-to-back phrases after his present time period expires in 2024. That might see the previous KGB officer, now 67, keep in workplace till 2036, although Mr. Putin has mentioned he has but to take a closing determination on what he desires to do.
Critics and staunch supporters are satisfied he’ll run once more, whereas some analysts consider he has not but made his thoughts up however desires to preserve his choices open.