Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun according to the news agency AFP, the president of Russia Vladimir Putin striving for a lifelong reign through its constitutional amendment.
According to AFP, Biegun said both Putin and the Chinese president Xi Jinpingin determined to provide lifelong leadership, or at least to choose a successor.
– A referendum will be held in the coming days in Russia, which, at least from the outside, is showing democracy, the result of which seems obvious, Biegun said, referring to the ongoing constitutional amendment in Russia.
Russia began a referendum on a constitutional amendment on Thursday that would allow the country’s current president, Vladimir Putin, to re-run in the 2024 presidential election. Under Russia’s current constitution, one person can only serve as president for two consecutive six-year terms.
Amendments to the Constitution have already been approved by the Russian Parliament and the Constitutional Court, so a referendum is not formally necessary. The referendum ends on July 1.
According to Biegun, presidency is a way of life for Putin, 67. Putin was first elected President of Russia in 2000. From 2008 to 2012 Dmitry Medvedev during his presidency, Putin served as prime minister and returned as president again in 2012.
The constitutional amendment would allow Putin to continue as president until 2036. His current presidency will run until 2024.