On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin has assented to the deputies’ proposal to ‘zero out’ a number of presidential terms he served on condition that the Constitutional Court and Russian citizens approve it, the press service of the State Duma of the Russian Federation reports.
Earlier, Valentina Tereshkova, a Russian lawmaker and former astronaut, called for removing presidential terms limits, making it possible for the incumbent head of state to run for president once again.
In today’s speech, Vladimir Putin said he was opposed to the removal of restrictions on the number of presidential terms for one person. But he agreed that the number might be ‘zeroed out’.
“In fact, such option is possible, but under the sole condition that the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation gives official conclusion that such an amendment would not conflict with the principles and provisions of the Constitution,” he stressed.
Russia’s parliament passed the amendment; over 380 MPs were in favour of it, 43 voted against, one person abstained.
Thus, if the Constitutional Court okays the proposal (this may well be so), Putin will apparently run for presidency in the year of 2024.
In 2018, it was the fourth time (not in a row) that Vladimir Putin had assumed the presidential office.