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Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Wednesday he will seek a fourth term in the country’s presidential election in March 2018. Speaking at a GAZ Group automobile factory in the city of Nizhny Novgorod, Putin said, “I will run for the presidency of the Russian Federation.”
Putin was president for two four-year terms, between 2000 and 2008, after which the constitution was amended to extend the presidential term to six years. Putin began his third term as president in 2012, and if re-elected, he would be president until 2024.
Other presidential candidates include Ksenai Sobchak, who announced her candidacy in October, and Communist Party candidate Gennady Zyuganov. According to RT, a poll by Levada Center says Putin has the support of about two-thirds of Russians planning to vote in the March election. Independent candidates, such as Sobchak, must collect 300,000 signatures of endorsement during the three-month campaign in order to run.