Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Wednesday he will run for re-election in 2018, a contest he is expected to handedly win.
Putin made the announcement before an audience at the GAZ auto factory in Nizhny Novgorod, according to the Associated Press. The contest is March 18.
“I can’t think of a better time or place to announce it — thank you for your support — I will run for the post of president of the Russian Federation,” Putin said.
Workers reportedly chanted “GAZ is behind you!” after Putin made the announcement.
Putin served as the president of Russia from 2000 to 2008, and became the country’s prime minister after term limits prevented him from running for president again. He assumed the presidency again in 2012.
Putin had an approval rating of 81 percent in 2016, according to Gallup.
If he wins the March 2018 contest, Putin will serve until 2024.