Putin’s party, United Russia, also approved the nomination of President Dmitry Medvedev to become prime minister again. Putin took the charge of Prime Minister after he was president from 2000 to 2008, and had to accept the constitutional mandate of two consecutive cycles, and Medvedev was considered an interim president.
Presidential elections in Russia will take place on March 4, followed by parliamentary elections on December 4, in which United Russia will attempt to retain its dominance, the party has 312 of the 450 seats in the current parliament.
The deadline for the official presentation of the names of presidential candidates has not started yet, which is why it is unknown who will compete with Putin for the presidency. Due to constitutional changes, presidential term has been extended to six years instead of four in 2012, which means that the next Russian president would take office until late 2024.