If timing is everything, why the hurry?

I’ll start by quoting myself (as of January 17, 2020):

… if Putin remains politically active, the new setup will let him stay in charge for as long as he wants. It could even enable him to take a less hands-on approach to governing if things go smoothly after the reshuffle. On the other hand, he would be able to assume dictatorial powers in an emergency.

And here’s the latest development (as of March 10, 2020):

Russia’s lower chamber of parliament, the State Duma, has approved a constitutional amendment that would allow President Vladimir Putin to run for new term in 2024.

Fully in character: these people are servile beyond imagination – they thrive on bootlicking. However, the question remains, Why now? Putin’s next election is due in 2024. Why proclaim him (potential) dictator for life so early into this term?


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