Putin signs law allowing him to serve two more terms

Russian President Vladimir Putin gave final approval to legislation allowing him to hold office for two additional six-year terms, opening the possibility for him to stay in power until 2036 when he is at least 83.

The 68-year-old Russian leader, who has been in power for over two decades, signed off on the bill April 5. Putin proposed the change last year as part of constitutional reforms that Russians backed in a vote in July. Lawmakers approved the bill last month.

The legislation will reset presidential term limits, allowing Putin to run in elections again after his current and second consecutive term expires in 2024.

Putin was first elected president in 2000. The term reset was part of constitutional reforms that included populist economic measures and sweeteners for traditionalists such as an effective ban on gay marriage.

Kremlin opponents have said the constitutional reforms were a pretext to allow Putin to become “president for life.”

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