Russia president, Vladimir Putin, has signed a law on constitutional changes that could keep him in power for another 16 years, a step that must still be approved in a nationwide vote.
Vladimir Putin signed a law on constitutional changes on Saturday, the Kremlin said, three days after it sailed through the Russian parliament with only one vote against. It must be approved by the country’s Constitutional Court and in a referendum set for April 22.
Last week, the 67-year-old Putin made an appearance in parliament to back an amendment that would allow him to ignore a constitutional ban on him running again in 2024.
Under Russia’s current law, Putin would not be able to run for president again in 2024 because of term limits, but the new measure would reset his term count, allowing him to run for two more six-year terms. He has been in power since 2000.
If approved, the move would make Putin the ruler of Russia for 36 years, the longest tenure in the country’s modern history.
The changes also outlaw same-sex marriage and mention “a belief in God” as one of Russia’s traditional values.