“Yes, I Will Be A Candidate”: Vladimir Putin Announces That He Will Run For President In 2018

After leaving some doubt behind, the Russian president has finally announced that he will run in the next presidential election, which will take place in March 2018. This will be his fourth candidacy.

“Yes, I will be a candidate for the Russian presidential election [of March 2018],” Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on December 6 during a meeting with workers at a car factory in the city of Nizhny Novgorod.

"Yes, I will be a candidate": Vladimir Putin announces that he will run for president in 2018© Ramil Sitdikov / Sputnik
Vladimir Putin announces his candidacy for the Russian presidential election


The head of state had so far refused to answer directly to the question of his candidacy. A few moments before the announcement of his decision, he had left doubt hanging, announcing in front of an audience of many young people that he would decide soon his candidacy . “Since you ask me the question, I have a question to ask you: if ever [I introduced myself], you, will you support me?”, He added before gathering loud cheers.

On 18 March, which will also mark the anniversary of the reunification of Crimea and Russia, the citizens of the Russian Federation will be called to the polls for the first round of the seventh presidential election in the country’s history. This will be the fourth candidacy of Vladimir Putin, who had already participated in the elections of 2000, 2004 and 2012.

The seventh presidential election in the history of the Russian Federation

Among the likely or declared candidates are already Grigori Iavlinski, founder of the unified Russian Democratic Party Yabloko (“the apple” in Russian), Gennady Ziouganov, leader of the Communist Party, Vladimir Jirinovski, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party,  Katia Gordon, journalist, singer and women’s rights activist , or  former jet-setter Ksenia Sobchak .

Elected by direct universal suffrage in a first-past-the-post two-round system, the next president will lead Russia from 2018 to 2024. Since the 2008 reform, the presidential term has been extended from four to six years.

At 65, Vladimir Putin embarked on a presidential race in which he is a favorite. In 2012, while he was head of government for four years, Vladimir Putin was elected in the first round with 63% of the vote. The end of the mandate has been marked by the marked strengthening of Russia’s role in the international arena,  particularly in the Syrian conflict,  where Moscow has become a key player in the war against ISIS as well as in the political process. of peace.

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