Russia's Putin says to seek new presidential term in 2018

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin announced on Wednesday he would seek re-election in March 2018, a contest opinion polls show he will win comfortably, setting the stage for him to extend his dominance of Russia’s political landscape into a third decade.

Putin, 65, has been in power, either as president or prime minister, since 2000. If he wins what would be a fourth presidential term in March, he would be eligible to serve another six years until 2024, when he turns 72.

“I will put forward my candidacy for the post of president of the Russian

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