Putin postpones public vote on reforms amid coronavirus pandemic

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has postponed the general public vote on his constitutional reforms, saying that the well being and security of residents was his essential precedence amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The vote, on modifications that embrace scrapping a constitutional ban on Putin working once more for president in 2024, had been deliberate for April 22.

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“We see how severely the coronavirus epidemic is developing in the world, in many countries the number of cases is continuing to grow, the whole world economy is under threat,” Putin mentioned in a televised deal with to the nation on Wednesday.

Russia recorded its largest one-day rise in infections up to now on Wednesday, with 163 new circumstances of a complete of 658 throughout the nation.

“The absolute priority for us is the health, life and safety of people. Therefore I believe that the vote should be postponed until a later date,” the president added.

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Already accredited by parliament and Russia’s Constitutional Court, the brand new rules would reset Putin’s presidential time period tally to zero. That would give the previous KGB officer, who has dominated Russia’s political panorama for 20 years, the suitable to serve two extra back-to-back six-year phrases.

The structure at the moment lets a president serve two consecutive phrases, which means Putin must depart workplace in 4 years.

The reforms additionally enshrine a point out of Russians’ “faith in God” and stipulate that marriage is a union between a person and a girl, successfully banning homosexual marriages.

The amendments ban making a gift of Russian territory and outlaw calls selling such a move, in addition to defending the “historic truth” in regards to the nation’s position in World War II.

Putin didn’t identify a brand new date for the vote, saying solely that he and others would take heed to medical recommendation and consider the state of affairs to determine when the time for a brand new vote was proper.