Russian state seeks a ‘yes’ vote on constitutional reform
01 July 2020 | 12:09 pm
Wednesday, 1 July is the last day of voting in Russia on a sweeping constitutional reform that would allow Vladimir Putin to run for two more terms as president. That means he could rule until 2036. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, a simplified voting procedure has been put in place with voting spread out over a week and some polling places setting up outdoors. The opposition says these procedures facilitate fraud. Polls suggest 44% of Russians support the constitutional reform.
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