Putin to comment on 2024 election bid by end of Year

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that he will only comment on whether he will run for re-election in 2024 after the ballot is officially announced later this year.

The 70-years-old has led Russia since the turn of the century, winning four presidential elections and briefly serving as prime minister in a system where political opposition has become virtually non-existent.

“According to the law, parliament must make a decision at the end of the year,” Putin told the audience at the Eastern Economic Forum in the Pacific port of Vladivostok.

He added that when the elections are announced, when the date is set, then he will talk about it.

Presidential elections in Russia are officially set by parliament and held every six years, after the term limit was lengthened from four years previously.

They may enter a second round if no candidate is able to secure more than 50 percent of the vote, but in practice this has never happened, with Putin winning by large margins.

Rights groups say national elections in Russia have largely become a rubber stamp for Putin and the ruling party.

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