Russian President Vladimir Putin has won a resounding victory in his bid to stay in power until the middle of the next decade as Russian on Wednesday voted for constitutional changes that will boost pensions, they also voted to keep Vladimir Putin in power for 16 more years till 2036.
On Wednesday July 1, Russian went to poll for a nationwide referendum on newly proposed constitutional reforms. The vote paves the way for Putin, who has ruled for two decades, to remain president until 2036.
The turnout for the vote on amendments to the Russian Constitution reached to 64.99 per cent by 5 pm (local time), Sputnik reported while stating data published by the Central Election Commission. The turnout includes the votes cast from June 25 until polls close at 8 pm (local time).
As Central Election Commission said just over 70% of votes counted across the world`s largest country had supported changing the constitution. Almost 29% had voted no of the 2.68% of ballots counted.
The vote seeks to introduce amendments to Russia’s 1993 Constitution, which will include protecting the institution of marriage, setting children as a priority of Russia’s domestic policy and an obligation to support and protect Russia’s culture.
Sputnik reported that the amendment also includes a limit of two consecutive six-year terms for the president of the Russian Federation.
The provision applies to the president at the time the legal changes enter into force, not taking into account the number of terms previously served in this position, thus paving the way for President Vladimir Putin to run again after his current term ends in 2024.
– Davinder Panesar, NMTV News