MOSCOW: Russia on Monday (Jan 29) formally recognised Vladimir Putin as a candidate for the presidential elections in March, a vote that he’s all however sure to win.
The 71-year-old has led Russia because the flip of the century, successful 4 presidential ballots and briefly serving as prime minister in a system the place opposition has change into nearly non-existent.
The Central Election Fee stated it had registered Putin, who nominated himself, in addition to right-wing firebrand and Putin-loyalist Leonid Slutsky as candidates for the vote.
The election will probably be held over a three-day interval from Mar 15 to Mar 17, a transfer that Kremlin critics have argued makes guaranteeing transparency tougher.
Following a controversial constitutional reform in 2020, Putin might keep in energy till a minimum of 2036.