Putin Delays Vote That Could Help Keep Him In Power

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Russian President Vladimir Putin says that because of the coronavirus pandemic, he is delaying a constitutional referendum that could allow him to stay in power until 2036. The vote had been scheduled for April 22. "You know that this is a very serious matter for me," Putin said in a speech on Wednesday . "However...our absolute priority is the health, life and safety of the people. This is why I believe the vote should be postponed." The Russian leader said authorities will set a new day for the vote in consultation with doctors and other specialists. Putin's current term is due to expire in 2024, but the constitutional amendment would allow him to seek two more terms in power by resetting his term count. It was proposed earlier this month by...

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Putin Delays Vote That Could Help Keep Him In Power

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