Vladimir Putin announces he's running for Russian Presidential re-election in 2018
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 07-Dec-2017

Moscow, December 7: Finally putting an end to all ongoing rumors, Russia’s most popular political Vladimir Putin has officially announced that he would run for next Presidential poll in 2018. During a meeting with workers at the country’s historic manufacturer, GAZ (Gorkovsky Avtomobilny Zavod), in Russia's Nizhny Novgorod on Wednesday, he announced the decision.

“Yes, I will run as a candidate for the Russian presidency,” Putin said. He added that "the motive behind [this very responsible decision] can be only the desire to make people's lives in our country better and make the country itself more powerful and protected."

Russian President is one of the most popular leaders across the globe and has a long political career. Before serving as Russian President for the third term, he also served as Prime Minister of the country from 2008 to 2012. He also held He held the office of president for two terms from 2000 to 2008.

Russian TV journalist Ksenia Sobchak previously announced to run in Presidential poll. The main opposition leader, Alexei Navalny has already been restricted from contesting in the election due to a criminal conviction. As per opinion polls, Putin will easily win the election.