Vladimir Putin has been reelected as President of Russia in an election which saw him gather over 75% of the popular vote. The former KGB spy will now sit at the head of the Kremlin until 2024, making him the country’s longest serving leader since Joseph Stalin. His main opponent, Alexei Navalny, was barred from taking part in the elections, making it a comfortable day for Putin at the polls. He was followed by Pável Grudinin, of the Communist Party (12,2%), nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovski (5,6%) and Ksenia Sobchak (1,5%), with the rest of candidates not even managing 1% of the votes.
Putin now has six years to solve his country’s main problems, like fighting against poverty or making Russia’s economy stronger. Other issues, like its involvement in the Syrian Civil War, its alleged interference in the American elections of 2016, or its role in the poisoning of the former Russian spy Serguéi Skripal in British territory will also call for him to take action.
But maybe even more important is the need for Putin to name a successor to his thrown, seeing as 2024 will probably be his last year in power. The Russian Constitution doesn’t allow for the president to keep his place for more than two successive terms. In six years time, Putin will be 72, and it seems unlikely that he will step down just to take part in the next elections – like he did in 2008. During a recent interview with NBC, the current Russian President also dismissed the idea that he will try to change the law to keep himself in power.