On Sunday, March 4th, voters in Russia will head to the polls and elect their 4th President. The next president will have the new, extended term of 6 years — so they will be president until the year 2018. A president is allowed to serve two back-to-back terms, so actually the next president could serve until 2024 if re-elected in 2018.
There are five registered candidates that the people of Russia can vote for:
- Vladimir Putin (United Russia)
- Gennady Zyuganov (Communist Party of the Russian Federation)
- Sergey Mironov (A Just Russia)
- Vladimir Zhirinovsky (Liberal Democratic Party of Russia)
- Mikhail Prokhorov (Independent)
If you have watched any news in the past few months, you may have knew that some Russians have been protesting the 2011 Russian legislative elections. There were many reports of ballot stuffing, vote fraud, and media bias. United Russia, Russia’s majority party, lost 77 seats in the 2011 legislative elections. However, with all of the reports of irregularities, many believe that United Russia actually lost many more seats.
The other politicial parties gained seats. The Liberal Democratic Party gained 16 seats, bringing it to a 11.67% percentage; “A Just Russia” gained 26 seats, bringing it to 13.24%; and the Communist Party gained 35 seats, brining it to 19.19%. And again, United Russia lost 77 seats, dropping to 49.32%.
United Russia held 64.30% of the State Duma before the election, so the results of the 2011 election show that many Russians have clearly changed their mind about the administration that has been in control for the past 12 years.
All polls show the Vladimir Putin will win the 2012 Presidential Election. Putin has previously held the presidency from 2000-2008, and was Prime Minister from 2008-2012 under President Dmitriy Medvedev.