Russian President Putin announces re-election bid

Russian President Putin announces re-election bid

Nearly the entire territory of Syria, including historic Christian regions, has been liberated from terrorists, Russia's President Vladimir Putin said.

"Our country is its people, people like you", the Russian leader said, addressing workers and veterans of the plant. "Thank you for this reaction", Putin said to the auto factory team. That tally includes Putin's time as prime minister; another six-year term as president would put him closer to Stalin's almost 30-year reign. If he wins what would be a fourth presidential term in March, he would be eligible to serve another six years until 2024, when he turns 72.

Taking his time in the two high offices into account, Putin is already Russia's second-longest-serving leader in the past 100 years, with only dictator Josef Stalin logging more time in power.

RT reports an "unprecedented" number of women will also run in the upcoming election.

"I am sure that we will be very successful", Putin, 65, said after confirming his plan to mount a re-election bid.

After the term end in 2008, Vladimir Putin did not have the right to qualify again for a top state post, since the Russian Constitution forbids one person to serve as a president for more than two consecutive terms.

Mr Putin is lauded by supporters as a strongman figure who has restored national pride and given Russian Federation a renewed clout on the worldwide stage.

"There's no better place or opportunity to put my candidacy forward".

Until recently, Putin did not give an answer to the question of whether he would run for the presidency in 2018.

Earlier in the day, the president attended the Russian Volunteer 2017 award ceremony in Moscow, where he asked the audience whether they would support his decision to run.

"We must, of course, strengthen our defenses, improve our political system, so that the living standard is developed in accordance with how the whole world is developing", Putin added.

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