World’s been guessing for some time; heres what Putin said on his re-election
The world had been guessing it for quite some time with many of the political observers in Russia evoking theories.
But the suspense on whether Russian President Vladimir Putin would contest elections again has finally been lifted.
Putin confirmed that he would run for re-election in March 2018.
This even as his win is now being considered to be near certain.
The 65 year old leader has been in power, either as president or prime minister, since 2000.
If he wins what would be a fourth presidential term, he will be eligible to serve another six years until 2024, when he turns 72.
Backed by state TV, Putin regularly enjoys approval ratings of around 80 percent, and his decision to run for re-election.