Putin says will step down as president after term expires in 2024

File photo showing Russian President Vladimir Putin walks before an inauguration ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia May 7, 2018. (Reuters)
Updated 25 May 2018
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Putin says will step down as president after term expires in 2024

MOSCOW: Vladimir Putin said on Friday he would respect the Russian constitution which bans anyone from serving two consecutive presidential terms, meaning he will step down from his post in 2024 when his current term expires.
His remarks, made to reporters at an economic forum in St. Petersburg and broadcast on state TV, are not a surprise and do not necessarily mean he will relinquish power in six years.
Putin has stepped down as president once before, in 2008, after serving two back-to-back terms only to return in 2012 after doing a stint as prime minister, a maneuver he would be legally entitled to carry out again.
“I have always strictly abided by and abide by the constitution of the Russian Federation,” Putin said, when asked if and when he would be leaving office.
“In the constitution it’s clearly written that nobody can serve more than two terms in a row ... I intend to abide by this rule.”
Putin easily won re-election in March, extending his tenure by six years to 24 — which would make him Moscow’s longest-serving leader since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.


Police investigating cause of 'minor explosion' at north London underground station

Updated 7 min 56 sec ago
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Police investigating cause of 'minor explosion' at north London underground station

LONDON: A small number of people have been treated after a minor explosion was reported at a tube station in north London, police said.
The British Transport Police said that there were no reports of serious injuries and their enquiries continue to find out what caused the minor explosion at Southgate station. 
British Transport Police tweeted: “Southgate Tube station is currently closed whilst officers respond to a suspicious package"
The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: “Police were called at 7.03pm on 19 June to reports of an explosion and people running at Southgate underground station.
“Met officers remain at the scene along with colleagues from British Transport Police, London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service.
“Cordons are in place and the station is closed.