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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