Early referendum results showed overwhelming support for Putin’s proposed constitutional reforms, including one that resets the clock on limiting the president’s term. If he wins the election of 2024 and the following, six years later, Putin could hold on to power until 84, pushing his rule to more than 36 years.
Putin has been in power for more than 20 years, ranking No. 14 on the list of the world’s longest-serving leaders, excluding royal members who often serve a lifetime.
The length of Putin’s rule already puts him in the company of autocrats such as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Runda President Paul Kagama, whose constitution has been successfully amended to extend his rule to a total of 35 years..
If they rule Russia for two more terms, Putin’s rule will be more like Cameroon’s Paul Biya, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea, Iran’s Ali Khamenei and Hun Sen of Cambodia. all who have been in power for more than 35 years.
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