Putin Makes Announcement About Career
Russian President Vladimir Putin made a shocking career announcement on Friday that could shake up the world’s political outlook for years to come.
Putin took questions from a group of students at the Sirius Educational Centre in Sochi and one of his replies indicated that he could consider being in power for life, the Washington Examiner reported.
When asked what he would do after he left the presidency, Putin said, “I have not yet decided yet whether I will leave the post of the president or not. Only after I answer this question for myself will I think about my next step.”
“There are a lot of interesting things to do in the world. This is not to say that I should sit and only write memoirs,” Putin continued, according to a Kremlin news website transcription of the event in Sochi.
Putin has led the Russian government since 1999. He served two terms as president from 2000 to 2008 and returned again in 2012. He will be up for re-election in 2018.
The Russian presidency is now a six-year term and under the constitution, no president may serve more than two consecutive terms. However, the constitution contains no provision for whether a president can serve more than two terms if they are not consecutive. Assuming he wins re-election in 2018, Putin could remain in office until 2020, then step down officially but remain in politics much as he did from 2008 to 2012, when he was officially prime minister of Russia.