Putin announces plan to seek a fourth term as president

Source:AFP Published: 2017/12/6 23:43:39

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said he would seek a new six-year term in the country's March elections.

"I will offer my candidacy for the post of president of the Russian Federation," he said at the GAZ factory in Nizhny Novgorod, surrounded by workers.

"There is always a great deal of responsibility involved in this decision for any person, because the motive must be the desire to make life better in this country," he told an audience of mostly young people.

"And this can be achieved only with people's trust and support. And now I want to ask, do you trust and support me?"

"Yes!" the audience chanted.

Before Putin took the floor prominent figures, including athletes and Soviet-era celebrities such as 83-year-old actor Vasily Lanovoi, took to the stage to extol the country's successes, such as Soviet victory in World War II.

Cosmonaut Sergei Ryazansky addressed the audience via video link from the International Space Station.

Putin, who first became president after Boris Yeltsin sensationally resigned on New Year's Eve 1999, handed power to his ally Medvedev in 2008 at the end of his second term.

Putin served as prime minister and returned as president for third term in 2012.

If he extends his rule to 2024, Putin will have led Russia longer than Leonid Brezhnev, who presided over the Soviet Union from 1964 to 1982.

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