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Kremlin is preparing for premiership of Putin with expanded powers, - Bloomberg

Thanks to constitutional changes, Putin will be able to gain control over parliament and remain in power after his term expires in 2024
19:40, 13 July 2019
Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia
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Aides and advisers to Russian President Vladimir Putin are working on options for extending his powers, including his appointment to the post of prime minister and leader of United Russia party after the expiration of the presidential term in 2024. It is reported by Bloomberg.

Maintaining a majority in parliament from the ruling United Russia is necessary for amending the constitution.

But less than 18 months before the parliamentary elections, the popularity of this party decreased along with Putin’s popularity due to the fact that during five years the income of citizens fell.

Therefore, the Kremlin is currently considering the issue of reducing the proportion of seats elected by party lists in the lower house of parliament, consisting of 450 members, from 50% to 25% in accordance with current legislation.
 
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The rest will be elected in local constituencies, where many pro-Kremlin candidates will run as nominally independent in order to avoid the stigma of United Russia membership.

The changes will take effect at the next parliamentary elections in 2021, which will give Putin full control over the new convocation, three years before the end of his powers.

Two sources close to the Kremlin and a lawmaker from United Russia also told the agency that these changes would allow Vladimir Putin to remain in power after 2024, as head of the ruling party and prime minister with expanded constitutional powers. Now the party leader is the head of government, Dmitry Medvedev.

The mixed voting system in 2016 allowed United Russia to form a three-quarters parliamentary majority, receiving only 54% of the vote, since pro-Kremlin candidates successfully participated in the elections as independent candidates in local constituencies. But the party’s support has declined to one third, since public opinion has turned against the authorities amid a decline in living standards.
 
 
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