Vladamir Putin has already been the president of Russia. But it looks like, after a four year absence, the current Prime Minister could once again find himself as the Russian President.
Putin served as president from 2000-2008. Due to term limits, Putin stepped down and became the Prime Minister. President Dmitry Medvedev has been in office since 2008, but many look at Medvedev as a “caretaker president,” as Putin has remained the more powerful figure in Russia.
According to the Associated Press, the United Russia party officially nominated Putin for president on Saturday. The United Russia party also approved a proposal that would see President Medvedev take over Purtin’s role as prime minister.
“I want to say directly: (Medvedev and I) reached an agreement between ourselves long ago, several years ago already, on what to do in the future, on who should do what. But both I and Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev believe that this is far from the most important thing — who will do what, who will sit in what place. What is far more important is something else: how we will all work, what results we achieve, and how the citizens of our country will relate to this.”
Reuters reports that the move will boost support for the United Russia party, but some fear that it will also strengthen the “managed democracy” system Putin put in place during his presidency.
Kremlin-connected analyst Gleb Pavlovsky said:
“This filthy deal of the country’s supreme authorities is a blow to the institution of the presidency.”
Do you think another four years of Vladamir Putin will be a good thing for Russia?