Russia on Monday formally recognised Vladimir Putin as a candidate for the presidential elections in March, a vote that he’s all however sure to win.
The 71-year-old has led Russia for the reason that flip of the century, successful 4 presidential ballots and briefly serving as prime minister in a system the place opposition has turn into just about non-existent.
The Central Election Fee stated it had registered Putin, who nominated himself, in addition to right-wing firebrand and Putin-loyalist Leonid Slutsky as candidates for the vote.
The election will probably be held over a three-day interval from March 15 to 17, a transfer that Kremlin critics have argued makes guaranteeing transparency tougher.
Following a controversial constitutional reform in 2020, Putin may keep in energy till a minimum of 2036.
Rights teams say that earlier elections have been marred by irregularities and that impartial observers are prone to be barred from monitoring the vote.
Whereas Putin will not be anticipated to face any actual competitors, liberal challenger Boris Nadezhdin has handed the brink of signatures to be registered as a candidate.
Nevertheless, it’s nonetheless unclear if he will probably be allowed to run, and the Kremlin has stated it doesn’t take into account him to be a severe rival.
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