Putin confirms his candidacy for the Russian presidency in the 2024 elections | News

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The Russian president confirms his attempt to extend his mandate in the March elections.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he will run in the 2024 presidential election, state news agency TASS reported on Friday.

Putin, 71, announced his decision to seek to extend his 24-year rule as prime minister or president after an awards ceremony for army personnel in the Kremlin, state news agencies reported.

After awarding Ukrainian war veterans Russia’s highest military honor, the Hero of Russia’s gold star, a lieutenant colonel named Artyom Zhoga, commander of the Sparta Battalion, asked the president to run again.

“He will run,” Zhoga told reporters after the event.

“The president agreed,” said Andrei Kolesnikov, Kremlin correspondent for the daily Kommersant.

Earlier, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also said that many people have urged Putin to come forward.

Putin received the presidency from Boris Yeltsin on the last day of 1999, and has already served as president longer than any other ruler of Russia since Josef Stalin, surpassing even Leonid Brezhnev’s 18-year rule.

Upper house of the Russian Federation Council approved on Thursday a date of March 17 for the vote.

Opposition politicians see the elections as threatening democracy and embellishing what they see as the corrupt dictatorship of Putin’s Russia.

The war in Ukraine, which has prompted sanctions from the West, and a failed mutiny by Russian mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin in June will also challenge the Kremlin chief’s standing in the upcoming elections.

But according to some independent polls, support for Putin remains strong, with the Russian leader enjoying approval ratings above 80%.

His supporters say Putin has restored order and some of the influence that Russia lost during the chaos of the Soviet collapse.

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