Russian President Vladimir Putin this Monday promulgated the law that would allow him to have two more terms in power so that he could vote in both the 2024 and 2030 elections, vetoed until the President the last constitution advocated reform.
Last week, parliament finished working on a project tailored to Putin that qualifies the reform of the constitution, which as a general principle stipulates a maximum of two terms of office of six years each for the head of state.
The text, approved by Putin, suggests that this limit does not apply “to the person who holds or has held the position at the time of entry into force,” according to Sputnik News.
Putin is within his second, and a priori last, term in a row, ending in 2024, after previously holding the position between 2000 and 2008, when he turned the baton to Dimitry Medvedev and became Prime Minister. With no successor in sight, few currently doubt that he will remain in the Kremlin until 2036.
The changes related to the presidency have been included in a package of changes that requires candidates to be at least 35 years old, have lived permanently in Russia for at least 25 years and not be citizens or resident in any other country. In addition, the reforms change the functions of the executive and legislative powers and expressly prohibit the secession of the territories that make up Russia.