Saturday, 16 December, 2017

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

Kremlin Press Service Kremlin Press Service
Freda Brock | 06 December, 2017, 19:25

Vladimir Putin has announced he plans to seek another term as Russian president in next year's election - a contest which polls predict he will win comfortably.

If he wins, which he nearly certainly will, Putin will have spent 24 years as Russian leader by the end of his term in 2024, including four years in which he was prime minister but still called the shots.

Russia's elections on March 18 are timed to coincide with the anniversary of Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine-a move that boosted Putin's popularity at home. If Putin serves another six-year term that would run through 2024, he would reach the milestone for longest tenure as leader since Stalin.

In a carefully-staged appearance Wednesday at an event in Moscow to celebrate volunteer work, Putin was asked directly by the presenter if he was ready to declare his candidacy for the presidential election in March, setting him up to go public with what's already an open secret. "I suggest we don't agree".

The challenge for Putin though is not other candidates - nobody, including Navalny, looks capable of unseating him.

There is no obvious successor.

Malzahn agrees to 'broad outlines' of new deal with Auburn
Malzahn led the Tigers to the BCS title game in his first season, but they lost 34-31 to Florida State. It has been widely reported that Memphis head coach, Mike Norvell was Arkansas' second choice.

Veterans of past campaigns - Communist chief Gennady Zyuganov, ultranationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky and liberal leader Grigory Yavlinsky - all have declared their intention to run.

Many investors say the lack of a clear succession plan and the jockeying for position that is likely to ensue as the Putin era comes to an end is becoming the biggest political risk.

Putin, once re-elected, will have to choose whether to leave Dmitry Medvedev as prime minister, or to appoint someone else.

That decision will be closely watched - as whoever holds that post is often seen as the president's heir apparent.

The Kremlin has been anxious about growing voter apathy, and the uncertainty about Putin's plans seemed meant to encourage public interest in the race. "I will run for president".

State television, where many Russians still get their news, affords Putin blanket and uncritical coverage while ignoring or denigrating his opponents.

Recommended

High of 36 today in Boulder with snow expected by Thursday morning High of 36 today in Boulder with snow expected by Thursday morning Thursday night , the low will be about 20, with a southwest wind of 3 to 5 miles per hour , according to the weather service. It will be sunny but the high will only reach 35 in the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Boulder.

Lena Dunham Says She Warned The Hillary Clinton Campaign About Weinstein Lena Dunham Says She Warned The Hillary Clinton Campaign About Weinstein Weinstein coughed up tens of thousands of dollars towards Hillary Clinton's various campaigns for Senate and for the presidency. The Times reports that it saw documents that show the model rejecting attempts to be paid for her story.

Portal spin-off Bridge Constructor announced PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch and mobile Portal spin-off Bridge Constructor announced PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch and mobile Bridge Constructor Portal will be released on December 20 2017 for Windows, MacOS and Linux as well as for mobile devices. And while Headup Games has not issued an official press release yet, you can find below its first in-game screenshots.

Disney Will Acquire Fox Sports Regional Networks in Massive Sports Media Shakeup Disney Will Acquire Fox Sports Regional Networks in Massive Sports Media Shakeup Comcast, global telecommunications conglomerate and owner of NBC and Universal Pictures, is also bidding to acquire Fox's assets. But it seems likely that-in the event of a deal-Murdoch would get a senior executive role at Disney no matter what.

Xiaomi Redmi 5, Redmi 5 Plus Price Leaked Ahead Of Launch Xiaomi Redmi 5, Redmi 5 Plus Price Leaked Ahead Of Launch Smartphone manufacturing major Xiaomi today launched the "Redmi 5A" in the city on the eve of the nationwide online sales. As a Plus model, it is tipped to sport a 5.9-inch Full HD+ (1080x2160) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio.

Needle Moving Activity Spotted in Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASNA) Let's take an assessment at how Ascena Retail Group, Inc . (NASDAQ: ASNA ). 19,469 were reported by Eqis Capital Management. Okumus Fund Management Ltd. owned approximately 0.46% of Ascena Retail Group as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

A blast of colder wind moves in tonight A blast of colder wind moves in tonight Day: Partly cloudy in the morning then mostly cloudy in the afternoon/evening with a 30 percent chance for snow showers. Scattered snow showers are possible Tuesday night, with lows in the low to mid 20s (-5 degrees Celsius).

Manchester City Reportedly Set to Revive Alexis Sanchez Pursuit in January Manchester City Reportedly Set to Revive Alexis Sanchez Pursuit in January However, Petit has suggested that Ozil and Sanchez have improved their form in order to engineer a January move. As long as they are here they give their best for the club.

IPL franchises can retain up to five players IPL franchises can retain up to five players Also, the players who were the part of Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions in IPL 2017 will get into the same player pool. The decision was taken during the IPL Governing Council's meeting with the Committee of Administrators (CoA) here.

Mueller probe's expenses totaled $3M in early months Mueller probe's expenses totaled $3M in early months Mueller was appointed in May after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey , who had been leading the investigation. The money was spent between mid-May, when the investigation began, and September 30 of this year.

Apple's iOS 11 Is Installed On 59% Of iOS Devices Apple's iOS 11 Is Installed On 59% Of iOS Devices Before proceeding with the update, make sure that your Apple Watch is on its charger and is at least 50 percent charged. But since Apple Pay Cash transactions happen on Messages, you might presume it's only limited to iPhones and iPads.

United Kingdom made no estimate of Brexit's economic impact United Kingdom  made no estimate of Brexit's economic impact The European Commission said it is waiting for a sign from the United Kingdom government before Brexit negotiations can resume.

Now, PM welcomes Sunni Waqf Board statement 'disowning' Sibal Now, PM welcomes Sunni Waqf Board statement 'disowning' Sibal The Supreme Court yesterday deferred hearing in the case for February 8, 2018. The court commenced the hearings in the Ayodhya dispute on Tuesday morning.

Amazon Prime Video Comes to Apple TV Amazon Prime Video Comes to Apple TV We'll be exploring the Amazon Prime Video app more, but let us know in the comments if you find any unexpected features. As we didn't have access to an Apple TV at the time of writing, we cannot confirm whether it has rolled out officially.

Sec. of Interior Makes Final Katahdin Monument Recommendations Sec. of Interior Makes Final Katahdin Monument Recommendations Outdoor retailer REI also criticized Trump but in less harsh language. "We will be suing to defend Bears Ears shortly". He says the administration is working with Nevada's governor and congressional delegation to find a solution.