April 05, 2021 – 18:29
Russian President Vladimir Putin has turned the controversial bill into law, enabling him to potentially remain in power until 2036.
The bill, which was recently approved by both houses of parliament, harmonizes election laws with constitutional changes, which were approved by voters last year.
One of the constitutional changes nullifies the time Putin was in power, allowing him to run again when his current term expires in 2024.
Under current election laws, a president is barred from running for a third six-year term.
Putin is serving a second six-year term.
The constitutional amendments were initiated in January 2020 by the 68-year-old Russian leader, who has led the country as prime minister or president since 1999.
The referendum on the amendments, held last summer, prompted protests in Moscow.
According to a poll conducted by the independent Levada Center, 41 percent of Russians do not want Putin in power after his term expires in 2024.