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Putin announces 2024 re-election bid

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday announced that he will run for re-election in 2024, state media reported.

The announcement follows months of speculation over whether the 71-year-old, who has been in power since 2000, plans to seek six more years in office after constitutional amendments in 2020 reset his term count.

Putin’s powers as head of state expire on May 7, 2024. The next presidential elections in Russia are scheduled for March 17.

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