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Citing Coronavirus Threat, Putin Postpones Vote on Constitutional Changes That Could Extend His Rule

Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Russian President did not name a new date for the vote, saying only that he and others would evaluate the situation to decide when the time for a new vote was right.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said he was postponing a nationwide vote on constitutional changes that would allow him to extend his rule due to the worsening situation with coronavirus.

The vote, on changes that include scrapping a constitutional ban on Putin running again for president in 2024, had been planned for April 22.

Putin did not name a new date for the vote, saying only that he and others would evaluate the situation to decide when the time for a new vote was right.