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

File photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

File photo of 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.

  • Reuters Moscow
  • Last Updated: March 25, 2020, 7:29 PM IST
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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.

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