In Russia, a week-long popular vote on sweeping amendments to the constitution of the Russian Federation, including on giving President Vladimir Putin a chance to stay in power until 2036, has begun.
The vote will take place from June 25 to July 1.
On March 11, both houses of the Russian Parliament passed a bill proposed by Putin himself that sets forth annulling his previous terms in office.
The vote was initially set to take place on April 22, however, it was postponed it due to the situation with the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Russia.
The draft bill proposes to expand the powers of the Russian parliament and the Russian Constitutional Court, a fixed number of presidential terms, as well as the prevalence of the Russian Constitution over international agreements. In addition, the document suggests expanding the government’s obligations in the social sphere. The amendments to the Constitution stipulate that the Russian head of state can only serve two terms, however, one of the amendments proposes that the current president can be re-elected if the new version of the Constitution comes into force.
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