By Azania Post Reporter and Agencies
RUSSIAN president Vladimir Putin is likely to stay in driver’s seat for the third term in coming general election in March next year.
Putin has announced to vie for a new term in presidential election scheduled to be held on 18th March 2018.
"I will stand as a candidate for the post of president of the Russian Federation," Putin was quoted by RIA Novosti news agency as saying during a meeting with employees of a car-making plant in the city of Nizhny Novgorod.
So far, several people have officially declared their intention to join the 2018 presidential race, including Vladimir Zhirinovsky, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia; Grigory Yavlinsky, founder of the liberal Yabloko party; and Maxim Suraikin, head of the Communists of Russia party.
The list also includes TV presenter Ksenia Sobchak, businessman Sergei Polonsky, as well as singer and journalist Ekaterina Gordon.
Opposition leader Alexei Navalny also expects to participate, but according to the Russian Central Electoral Commission, he cannot do that because of his previous conviction.
Gennady Zyuganov, leader of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, is also expected to join the race.
Russia is scheduled to hold its next presidential election on March 18, 2018. Putin is largely expected to win by a landslide and enter Kremlin or State House.
He was first elected as president of Russia in 2000 and re-elected in 2004. From 2008 to 2012, he served as prime minister. In 2012, Putin was elected president again.