Putin signs new ‘President For Life’ law that will allow him to serve two more terms in the Kremlin and remain in power until 2036
- Putin has signed a law that could allow him to remain in power until 2036
- The July 1 constitutional vote included a provision that reinstated Putin’s previous terms
- The change was stamped by the Kremlin-controlled legislature
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on Monday that could potentially keep him in power until 2036, a move that formalizes the constitutional changes endorsed in last year’s popular vote.
The July 1 constitutional vote included a provision that reinstated Putin’s previous terms, allowing him to run for president two more times.
The change was stamped by the Kremlin-controlled legislature, and the relevant law signed by Putin was posted on an official legal information portal on Monday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on Monday that could allow him to remain in power until 2036
The 68-year-old Russian president, who has been in power for more than two decades – longer than any other Kremlin leader since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin – said he would later decide whether to re-participate in 2024 as his current term of office. six years ends.
He has argued that resetting the term count was necessary to prevent his lieutenants from “ looking with their eyes for possible successors ” instead of normal work. ‘
The constitutional amendments also emphasized the priority of Russian law over international norms, banned same-sex marriages and listed ‘a belief in God’ as a core value.
Russian legislators have methodically amended national legislation and passed the relevant laws.
Putin, 68, was due to be removed from office in 2024, but last year he gained public support to amend Russia’s constitution and pave the way for two more terms.
The necessary legislation was passed by the lower house of the Russian parliament last month.
Putin won his first presidential election in 2000 after taking over as acting president when Boris Yeltsin stepped down on the last day of the 20th century.
He won one more term in 2004, before moving into the Prime Minister’s office in 2008, while Dmitry Medvedev held the fortress as president.
Putin and Medvedev subsequently switched jobs in 2012, with Putin returning to the presidency for a six-year term.
He won a fourth term in 2018, but would be ineligible in 2024 under a constitutional provision prohibiting more than two consecutive terms.
After years of speculation on how Putin could get around the ‘2024 problem’, last year lawmakers proposed resetting his personal term limit clock.
Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Russian Agriculture Minister Dmitry Patrushev at their meeting in the Moscow Kremlin on Monday
The proposal was put to a referendum in a package of measures alongside populist economic reforms and socially conservative gestures backed by the Kremlin.
These included enshrining the country’s ‘belief in God’ in one clause of the constitution, while introducing another that effectively banned same-sex marriage.
Putin won the referendum by a wide margin – nearly 78 percent voted in favor – after voters cast their vote for a week in June and July to limit the risk of coronavirus.
But there were hundreds of complaints of violations, including people voting more than once and allegations that employers had pressured their staff to vote, said Golos, an independent election observer.
Opponents of the Kremlin at the time criticized the initiative, calling it a pretext for putting Putin as ‘president for life’.