Putin Says He May Seek Reelection in 2018
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he may seek a fourth term in office.
Asked at a conference whether he might seek a new term as president when his six-year mandate expires in 2018, Putin said: "I do not rule it out."
Asked by Reuters for clarification, he later said: "It's only 2013 today, there are another five years ahead of us."
Putin was Russia's president from New Year's Eve of 1999 until spring 2008, and then served one four-year term as prime minister. He returned to the Kremlin for a third term last year.
If Putin runs and wins, it would keep him in power for about a quarter century and make him the nation's longest-serving leader since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.
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