Putin sworn-in as Russian President for 4th term

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 May 2018 09:15:22



VLADIMIR Putin was sworn-in on Monday for a fourth term as the Russian President after winning the election held in March. The 65-year-old, who has been Prime Minister or President for 18 years, took the oath of office in the St. Andrew Hall at the Grand Kremlin Palace, reports TASS news agency. Putin’s first six-year term began in 2012 while the second will end on May 7, 2024.
According to Article 81 of Russia’s Constitution, an individual cannot serve as President for more than two consecutive terms.

The presidential election was held on March 18. The voter turnout was 67.54 per cent. Putin won, gaining 76.69 per cent of the vote, in his best ever election performance, with over 56.4 million people voting for him. “I believe that peace in a prosperous Russia is my obligation and meaning of life,” Putin said after officially taking office.
“I believe it’s my duty to do my best for Russia... We should develop in areas we have always been strong as well in the areas we haven’t done enough. We have many decisions we have to take.

“This year marks 25 years of the Russian constitution... We should change as the history changes, at the same time, we should stick to our roots, our history,” he said.
On Saturday, riots took place across Russia against Putin’s rule. More than 1,000 people including opposition leader Alexei Navalny were arrested.
PUTIN PROPOSES MEDVEDEV FOR PM: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday asked Parliament to back a new mandate for outgoing Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, his longtime ally.

“Putin submitted Dmitry Medvedev’s candidacy to receive the agreement of the State Duma to appoint him prime minister,” the Kremlin said in a statement shortly after Putin was inaugurated for a fourth term.
Medvedev, now 52, served as President from 2008 to 2012 when Putin had served the maximum two consecutive terms permitted by the Russian constitution.

Putin then returned as President in 2012 while Medvedev became Prime Minister in a deal that the men said they had long agreed, disappointing those who had seen Medvedev as a more liberal figure and prompting mass street protests led by Opposition politician Alexei Navalny.
Putin and Medvedev first met in their native city of Saint Petersburg where they were colleagues in the mayor’s office in the 1990s. Putin, 65, is now set to serve until 2024 and is already the longest-serving Russian leader since Joseph Stalin.