Constitutional changes allowing Vladimir Putin to run for president again in 2024 sailed through Russia’s lower house of parliament on Wednesday, opening the way for him to potentially stay in power until 2036.
The 450-seat State Duma, the lower house of parliament, on Wednesday voted in favor of the change, along with other amendments to the constitution, by 383 votes, in a third and final reading. Nobody voted against, but 43 lawmakers abstained. Twenty-four lawmakers were absent.
If, as Putin critics expect, the constitutional court now gives its blessing to the amendment and it is backed in a nationwide vote in April, Putin would have the option to run again for president in 2024.
The State Duma proposed resetting presidential terms to zero, a move that would allow Putin to stay in power until 2036. In times like these, what else can Russians do but make memes?https://t.co/Vbt6kgo2P0
— The Moscow Times (@MoscowTimes) March 11, 2020