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Putin Gives Clearest Sign Yet He’ll Seek to Extend Rule in 2024

  • Top ally says Russia should stop thinking about power transfer
  • Nation’s vote could allow Putin to remain president until 2036
Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin

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Vladimir Putin said he’ll consider running for a fifth presidential term in 2024, arguing that the hunt for any successor risks paralyzing Russia’s government as the next election nears.

“I don’t rule out such a possibility,” if the necessary amendment to the constitution is approved, Putin said in a Rossiya 1 television documentary broadcast late Sunday. “I haven’t made up my mind yet.”