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Putin signs law that allows him to serve two more terms

Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that could keep him in office in the Kremlin until 2036, the government said.

The legislation allows him to run for two more six-year terms once his current stint ends in 2024. It follows changes to the constitution last year.

Those changes were backed in a public vote last summer and could allow Putin, 68, to potentially remain in power until the age of 83. He is currently serving his second consecutive term as president and his fourth in total.

The reform, which critics cast as a constitutional coup, was packaged with an array of other amendments that were expected to garner popular support, such as one bolstering pension protections.

The law signed by Putin limits any future president to two terms in office, but resets his term count. It prevents anyone who has held foreign citizenship from running for the Kremlin.

The legislation was passed in the lower and upper houses of parliament last month.

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Putin hasn’t ruled out running for new presidential term

Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin has not ruled out that he will run for a new presidential term if such a constitutional amendment is adopted, the media reported.

“I have not made any decision so far. I’m not ruling out that I will stand for (election) if this emerges in the Constitution. We’ll see,” TASS News Agency quoted the president as saying in a TV interview.

The Russian leader cautioned officials against searching for a successor to him now, saying that they should rather focus on their work.

“They need to work rather than search for successors,” Putin said.

“You know, I’ll say absolutely frankly now: if this does not happen (passing a respective constitutional amendment) then in some two years, I know this from my own experience, instead of a normal rhythmical work at many levels of power they will start searching for potential successors.”

Putin’s remarks come ahead of a referendum in Russia on a set of constitutional amendments on July 1.

If passed, it will enable him to participate in the 2024 presidential race.

In January, Putin, who has served as President since 2012, previously holding the position from 1999 until 2008, suggested introducing a number of amendments to the basic law, reports TASS News Agency.

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