Russian President Vladimir Putin made his first public appearance after announcing his candidacy for presidential election in March 2018. To reporters, Putin said he has no credible political competitors in the upcoming election.
But Putin promised to create a more balanced political system. In a recent press conference, Putin declared himself going forward as an independent candidate without the support of his old party, United Russia.
But the political party is likely to support Putin in the upcoming presidential election.
Putin, 65, has occupied important positions in Russia, both President and Prime Minister since 2000. Last week, Putin again announced his candidacy in the upcoming presidential election. In a press conference that became his first appearance after the announcement, Putin was asked by journalists about his reasons for running for the race.
“To improve the quality of life of Russian people,” Putin replied in a year-end conference in Moscow that was attended by more than 1,600 Russian journalists and foreign journalists. In this conference, many topics are asked reporters to Putin, one of them about pilpres future.
With public satisfaction figures reaching 80 percent, if Putin returns to win the presidential election, then he will be president of Russia for the fourth time. Putin will return to power for the next 6 years until 2024, at least until he is 72 years old. Putin is known to have served the President of Russia for three periods, namely the year 2000-2004, 2004-2008, and 2012-2018.
Putin predicted an easy win in the upcoming presidential election without a credible challenger. The results of a poll from independent Levada survey agency on Wednesday (13/12) yesterday mentioned 75 percent of Russians preparing to vote for Putin back in pilpres next year.
In response to this, Putin said that competition must remain in the political world. “Is it up to me to form my own opposition?” asked Putin. “The political atmosphere, like the economic atmosphere, needs to be competitive, I will strive for a balanced political system,” he added.
One of Putin’s challengers is Ksenia Sobchak, a 35-year-old socialite who is now a liberal television presenter. Sobchak is the daughter of Anatoly Sobchak who is Putin’s political mentor. Sobchak candidacy who has never held public office is considered not too strong, especially if dealing with Putin. Even Sobchak is suspected of being a henchman of the Kremlin to distract the public.
Other Putin challengers are prominent opposition figures, Alexei Navalny, who has been banned from running for the upcoming presidential election. Prohibition of forward capture ensnare Navalny after he was caught crime embezzlement suspected full of politicization. Navalny itself is able to mobilize many people, especially young people, to protest against Putin’s government in a series of rallies.