Russia to hold presidential election on March 17, 2024
Russia's upper house of parliament voted on Thursday to set the date for Russia's presidential election for March 17, 2024.
The decision was passed unanimously by 162 votes in the Federation Council.
Valentina Matviyenko, head of the Federation Council, said, "With this decision, we are effectively launching the start of the election campaign."
She added that for the first time residents of the parts of Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhya and Kherson regions of Ukraine annexed by Russia would take part in the vote.
Matviyenko said, "By choosing a head of state together, we fully share the common responsibility and common destiny of our fatherland."
President Vladimir Putin has not yet officially announced his intention to run for a new six-year presidential term.