Vladimir Putin’s Russia is already one of the longest in the world – serving leaders

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Initial results of the referendum showed huge support for Vladimir Putin, proposed constitutional reforms, including one that resets the clock on the President’s term. Should he win the 2024 election and the next, six years later, Putin could retain power until he is 84, pushing his reign over 36 years.Putin has already been in power for more than 20 years, coming in number 14 on a list of the world’s longest-serving leaders, excluding members of the royal family, who often serve for life.

His longevity came from back and forth mashing between the roles of prime minister and president continuously since 1999. He is considered an autocratic leader, and while the country holds elections, they are widely seen as undemocratic and designed in his favor. Election observers said the 2018 presidential vote was “too controlled” and “had no real competition. ”

Putin’s length as a rule already puts him in the company of autocrats like Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who had the constitution changed so that he could extend his rule to 35 years in total.

Should it be the rule of Russia for two reigns of Putin reigns no longer resemble those of Cameroon, Paul Biya, Equatorial Guinea Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Iran Ali Khamenei and Cambodia, Hun Sen, all of whom have been in power for over 35 years.

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