Russian sets March 18 for presidential polls

Upper house of parliament approves March 18 as date for 2018 presidential election; Vladimir Putin seeking 4th term 

Russian sets March 18 for presidential polls

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Russian Federation Council or upper house of parliament on Friday unanimously passed a resolution setting March 18 as the date for the 2018 presidential election.

According to the official news agency TASS, after the decree is published on Dec. 18, the election campaign will officially begin.

Citing Ella Pamfilova, head of the Central Electoral Commission, TASS said at least 23 people have expressed a desire to run.

On Dec. 6, Putin announced that he would seek a fourth term as president in 2018.

"I would prefer not to talk about my election program at this point. Just like any other candidate I will certainly have one. In fact, my program is almost ready," Putin said on Thursday, at his 13th annual news conference, according to a Kremlin statement.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Aralık 2017, 00:06