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Will Vladimir Putin remain as Russian President past 2024? (Video)

Russian President and Presidential candidate Vladimir Putin at a polling station during the presidential election in Moscow, Russia March 18, 2018. Yuri Kadobnov/POOL via Reuters

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss rumors floating around the media that Russian President Vladimir Putin may be seeking to change the constitution and pave the way for his re-election as Russian President in 2024.

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After last March’s not so shocking vote by China’s National People’s Congress to overwhelmingly pass a constitutional amendment to eliminate China’s presidential term limits, paving the way for President Xi Jinping to stay in power after his second term ends in 2023, it appears Russia is now inching toward the same scenario at a moment when, as one Moscow-based analyst put it“The general sense is that there’s no one to replace Putin as the guarantor of the system.”

Just prior to Russian President Vladimir Putin getting elected to his final possible term allowed under the constitution last March, Newsweek announced The End of The Putin Era is in Sight — looking ahead to the end of his term in 2024 — but even this could be in doubt, perhaps predictably, as this week Russian parliament raised the possibility of altering the constitution as rumors continue to circulate that the Kremlin is seeking ways to keep the popular 66-year old multi-term leader in power.

Putin following his March 2018 reelection for 6 years, his fourth overall term, and his second consecutive, via AFP.

Currently the Russian constitution prohibits a president from being elected for more than two consecutive terms, but on Tuesday during a scripted meeting with Putin the speaker of Russia’s parliament, Vyacheslav Volodin, broached the issue, saying according to Bloomberg:

“There are questions in society, esteemed Vladimir Vladimirovich,” Volodin said, addressing Putin in the respectful form, according to a Kremlin transcript. “This is the time when we could answer these questions, without in any way threatening the fundamental provisions” of the constitution, he added. “The law, even one like the Basic Law, isn’t dogma.”

Noting that the current constitution was drafted a quarter-century ago, Volodin continued, “That was a very difficult time. A time when the state stood on the edge of collapse, when social obligations weren’t fulfilled, when our citizens lost faith in the authorities.” He proposed the possibility of a formal review of the constitution overseen by Constitutional Court judges and a panel of experts to examine “how the Constitution and the norms of development of the Constitution suit the tenets that were passed.”

During the meeting Putin didn’t appear to give comment in response to the proposal, but it’s being widely viewed as the first subtle opening to a process Putin will give a quiet nod to, and analysts suggest a constitutional change could be easily accomplished with the backing of the president.

When asked about the possibility, a presidential spokesman said Wednesday, “There’s no position on this issue yet” and further noted there’s no current amendments being worked on or considered.

But earlier this month Putin described the constitution as “not some fossilized legal construct but a living, developing organism,” and at a press conference last week vaguely mentioned that any changes to the Basic Law “a matter for broad civic discussion,” according to Bloomberg.

Perhaps the best quote on the issue came last Spring, however, when Putin was presented with a question of his prospects after 2024 just after his reelection to a second consecutive term. He said, “At present I don’t plan any constitutional reforms.” And when asked about seeking office in 2030, as allowed by current law, he quipped, “What am I going to do, stay until I’m 100 years old? No.”

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I can just see the mainstream western media launching into hysterical disbelief …. it would be worth the constitutional change effort just for that.

Olivia Kroth
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An excellent analysis by THE DURAN, as always.

And Leonid Bershidsky (Bloomberg) titles his nasty op-ed, “Europe Should Woo Russia When Putin’s Gone”. Then he explains at length – with so many word bubbles – why Europe will be much better off, when President Putin is gone.

Well, Europe better start wooing Russia right now, with all the cheap gas coming from Russia via the Gazprom pipelines, instead of expensive shale gas from overseas. Otherwise Europeans might have to wait a long time for their wooing ceremonies because President Putin will not go away any time soon.

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Building sand castles? Isn’t too early to think about this? President Putin still have few years in office ahead and …what tomorrow will be? As Rilke put it: Is not impermanence the very fragrance of our days?

Olivia Kroth
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Right Meriem! All those negative journalists speculating about who will follow President Putin are sandcastle builders. Sandcastles will be gone soon! Vladimir Putin will not be gone soon. On the contrary. We will have the pleasure of hearing from him for a long time.

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