President For Life? Russian Voters Grant Putin Ability To Rule Until 2036
Wed, 07/01/2020 – 13:56
Update: As expected, Russian voters have approved drastic constitutional changes which could keep Putin in power all the way through 2036.
The AP reports late Wednesday (local time):
A majority of voters approved changes to Russia’s constitution that would allow President Vladimir Putin to hold power until 2036, but the weeklong plebiscite that ended Wednesday was tarnished by widespread reports of pressure on voters and other irregularities.
With most of the nation’s polls closed and 20% of precincts counted, 72% voted for the constitutional amendments, according to election officials.
Vladimir Putin at a polling station in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Image source: AP
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