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Putin postpones Russia vote on constitutional amendments
Putin postpones Russia vote on constitutional amendments

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday postponed the national referendum that was scheduled for April 22 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The national referendum concerned constitutional amendments, one of which would enable Putin to run for two more terms.

Putin did not announce a new date for the referendum but indicated it will depend on the progression of COVID-19 in Russia. In his address, Putin stated:

Of course, I will ask you to go to the polling stations to express your opinion on this issue of fundamental and crucial importance to the country and society. However, as I said before, our absolute priority is the health, life and safety of the people. This is why I believe the vote should be postponed.

Furthermore, Putin listed measures that will be taken to combat the effects of COVID-19.

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