July 30 (Bloomberg) -- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who backed Vladimir Putin in March elections, said he doesn’t rule out contending for the presidency in the future.
Speaking in an interview with the Times of London, Medvedev said he’s ready to return to the presidency “if people aren’t fed up with me,” according to a transcript of his remarks released by the government today. “There is no reason for me, or for those people whom I represent, to quit political life.”
Medvedev, 46, who served as president for four years after taking over from Putin in 2008, swapped jobs with his mentor in May. Putin, barred from three consecutive Kremlin terms after two mandates from 2000-2008, continued to wield power as prime minister and won a new six-year stint in March elections.
Putin, 59, has faced the biggest unrest of his 12 years in power after his decision in September to reclaim the top job and push Medvedev aside, followed by allegations of fraud in December parliamentary elections that provoked mass protests in Russian cities.
Medvedev told Russians in an April 26 television interview that the power-sharing arrangement with Putin was a long-term agreement.
“Everyone should relax, this is for a long time,” he said.
To contact the reporter on this story: Henry Meyer in Moscow at firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Balazs Penz at email@example.com