Russian backed Putin President enabling Putin to remain as president
Russian President Vladimir Putin records resounding victory in presidential polls.
Russians vote in favor of changes to constitution potentially, Putin to remain as president until 2036.
President Vladimir Putin has won a resounding victory in his bid to stay in power until the middle of the next decade, as Russians voted overwhelmingly to endorse the country’s political status quo, according to preliminary results.
Russians went to the polls yesterday to cast ballots in a nationwide referendum on Constitutional Amendments. The vote paves the way for Putin, who has ruled for two decades, to remain President until 2036.
Russia parliament has more than 200 proposed changes to the Russian Constitution. Media focuses on the one that may allow Vladimir Putin run for president again, if he wishes to do so be in power 2036. Ban on same sex marriage is amongst the item of constituion amendment.
Russia’s top opposition figure Alexei Navalny,has voiced fake votes, last summer rallied thousands against suspected voter fraud in Moscow, has also shown little interest in combating the reforms.
Russia’s Central Election Commission released last night a preliminary tally of results as polls closed, after processing 50 per cent of ballots, saying 76.24 per cent of the citizens who voted supported the amendments.
Central Elections Commission (CIK) has received reports of only four possible instances of irregularities, its head Ella Pamfilova told reporters on Wednesday evening. The ballots at affected polling places will be recounted.
“There is currently no reason to believe this will somehow influence the outcome of the vote, but we will make sure everything is done correctly and accurately,” said Pamfilova.
The early results are reminiscent of the 2018 Presidential Election, when Putin won re-election in a landslide with three quarters of ballots cas