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Russia's Federation Council Sets Date for 2024 Presidential Election

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Russia's Federation Council Sets Date for 2024 Presidential Election

The Federation Council, the upper house of the Russian parliament, has unanimously passed a resolution setting March 17, 2024, as the date for the forthcoming presidential elections in Russia. This decision, announced during a live broadcast on public television networks, effectively launches the presidential election campaign.

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The Significance of the Decision

Valentina Matviyenko, the Chairwoman of the upper house of the Russian parliament, emphasized the importance of the resolution, marking it as the official commencement of the pre-election campaign for the presidency. The announcement is not only a formality but also paves the way for expected presidential bids.

Putin's Potential Run for Presidency

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Rumors are abuzz with the likelihood of Vladimir Putin, current Russian president, declaring his intention to run for another six-year term. Although Putin has not officially announced his candidacy, sources suggest he has already made the decision. Should he decide to run and win, Putin, who has been in power since 1999, will become the longest-serving leader of Russia since Empress Catherine the Great in the 18th century.

Political Reactions to the Election

The impending election has garnered mixed responses from the political sphere. Opposition politicians criticize the election as a sham, designed to give the illusion of valid political competition. However, Putin's supporters counter this analysis, pointing to independent polls that offer him approval ratings above 80%.

As per Russian election law, the Federation Council is responsible for setting the election date, which must be designated no earlier than 100 days and no later than 90 days before the vote. With this decision, the Council has made a decisive move in setting the stage for Russia's upcoming presidential elections.

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