Russian voters agree to let Putin seek 2 more terms, hold power until 2036

by Jordyn Pair · Jul 1st, 2020 3:38 pm

Last Updated Jul 2nd, 2020 at 2:15 pm

Russian voters have approved changes to the country's constitution that would allow President Vladimir Putin to seek two more terms and hold power until 2036.

The preliminary results showed 80% of voters supported the amendments, according to officials. Polls had been kept open for a week to encourage voting while keeping crowd numbers low during the pandemic, a move Putin's political opponents denounced as a way to rig the election.

"We look at neighboring regions, and anomalies are obvious — there are regions where the turnout is artificially [boosted], there are regions where it is more or less real," Grigory Melkonyants, co-chair of independent election monitoring group Golos, told The Associated Press.

In addition to letting Putin continue to rule, the amendments also outlaw same-sex marriage, mention "a belief in God' as a core value, and place Russian law over international norms.

? Putin has been in power for more than two decades, longer than any other Russian leader since Josef Stalin.


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