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Putin says will step down as president after term expires in 2024

By: dayan (M) |Time : May 25, 2018, 10:59:38 PM
Vladimir Putin of Russia said this on Friday he would respect the Russian constitution which bans anyone from serving two consecutive presidential terms, meaning he will step down from his post in 2024 when his current term expires.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony to bestow state awards on military personnel who fought in Syria, at the Kremlin in Moscow on December 28, 2017. / AFP PHOTO

His remarks, made to reporters at an economic forum in St Petersburg and broadcast on state TV, are not a surprise and do not necessarily mean he will relinquish power in six years.

Putin has stepped down as president once before, in 2008, after serving two back-to-back terms only to return in 2012 after doing a stint as prime minister, a maneuver he would be legally entitled to carry out again.

“I have always strictly abided by the constitution of the Russian Federation,” Putin said, when asked if and when he would be leaving office.

“In the constitution, it’s clearly written that nobody can serve more than two terms in a row … I intend to abide by this rule.”

Putin easily won re-election in March, extending his tenure by six years to 24 – which would make him Moscow’s longest-serving leader since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

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Re: Putin says will step down as president after term expires in 2024

By: dayan (M) |Time : May 25, 2018, 11:08:27 PM
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Putin easily won re-election in March, extending his tenure by six years to 24 – which would make him Moscow’s longest-serving leader since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

The tendency to compare him (or discuss in the same terms) to Stalin is one that will never stick with keen observers.
Putin, from what I can see, is much much softer (even a weak leader) compared to Stalin.

People often see him as a strong leader maybe because of the residual "Sovietique" behaviours that we often see the Russians display; like each time Putin marches down a vacated Moscow street while walking to the place of his inauguration and such.
BTW I keep wondering how Russians are able to turn that part of Moscow into a ghost town for government functions.
That is what always cast this long shadow of Stalin around Putin. But he is NOT Stalin -by a long shot.

As for the topic, well, he better leave for good this time so that Russia can try another leader. He has tried his best and his people seem to like him, but his presence is becoming boring. My 2 cents.

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