Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to determine when he will hand over power and then recommend a successor.
Moscow – In a live broadcast on state television, the 68-year-old, who was first elected more than 20 years ago, said on Wednesday: “Of course the time will come. And I hope that I can say that in my opinion this or that person is worthy to lead such a wonderful country as our homeland Russia. ”He sees it as his responsibility to give a recommendation. It works like that in every country in the world.
At the same time, the Kremlin chief rejected the statement of a spectator in the “citizens’ consultation hour” that the power had been placed in his hands by his predecessor Boris Yeltsin. “Yeltsin did not hand over power to me,” said Putin. After his resignation on the night of January 1, 2000, he was only interim president and was then elected head of state. The citizens of Russia would have decided that.
Putin said not many were ready to take responsibility at the time. Critics repeatedly accuse him of exploiting Yeltsin’s weakness as head of government at the time. Together with friends from their time together in the St. Petersburg city administration, he had seized power.
With a constitutional amendment last year, the Kremlin chief paved the way for him to govern until 2036. The prerequisite would be that Putin runs again and is elected for the elections in 2024 and 2030. Originally the constitution only allowed two terms in a row. (dpa)