Russian President May Rule Till 2036, Country Begin Voting On Constitutional Changes
Russians are gearing up for a week-long vote on constitutional changes that may allow current president Vladimir Putin remain in power until 2036. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
The vote to amend certain areas of the Russian constitutions was proposed in January by president Putin.
Initially, the elections were scheduled for April but due to the outbreak of the coronavirus it was postponed.
The new date was set for July 1, but polling stations had to open early so that people could begin voting in order to avoid crowds on the main day.
The proposed changes to the constitution would allow Putin, 67, to run for another two more six-year terms, despite the fact that he has ruled Russia for over 20 years. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Other proposed changes to the constitution includes, vote to defining marriage as a union between man and woman (making gay and lesbian marriage illegal), vote to strengthen the presidency and redistribute executive powers within the government.
Already, the changes to the constitution have been approved by Russia's Houses of Parliament, the country Constitutional Court and signed into law by Putin himself.
But due to the outcry from a few political opponents in the country and political analysts from Europe, Putin decided to have the public vote on the amendment, even though it isn't legally required.
The move by president Putin to have people vote is seen as an effort to give some semblance of democracy to the constitutional changes and shut up those who are criticizing him for using his powers to enforce the changes.