Putin approves law that could keep him in power until 2036

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while speaking during a session prior to voting for constitutional amendments at the State Duma, the Lower House of the Russian Parliament in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Putin says he supports a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow him to seek another term and remain in power. Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law for constitutional changes that could keep him in power for another 16 years, a step that must still be approved in a nationwide vote. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law for constitutional changes that could keep him in power for another 16 years, a step that must still be approved in a nationwide vote.

Putin signed the measure on Saturday, the Kremlin said, three days after it sailed through the Russian parliament with only one vote against.

It must be approved by the country’s Constitutional Court and in a referendum set for April 22.

Under the current law, Putin would not be able to run for president again in 2024 because of term limits, but the new measure would reset his term count.

He has been in power since 2000.

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