Russian Cosmonaut Votes on Putin's Reforms From ISS

01 Juillet, 2020, 07:23 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • French President Emmanuel Macron talks to Russian President Vladimir Putin during a video conference Friday

About 50 million Russian nationals took part in the Constitution amendments voting in five days, Chair of the Central Election Commission Ella Pamfilova reported Tuesday.

But if the constitutional changes are approved, Putin's term-limit clock would be reset to zero - opening the way for him to run for reelection when his current term expires in 2024, and again in 2030. "We are voting for the country in which we want to live.for a country for whose sake we are working and want to pass onto our children", said Putin in front of a monument of a Red Army soldier he had just unveiled on a hill in the town of Rzhev in western Russian Federation.

The 67-year-old Russian leader has already been in power as president or prime minister for the past two decades.

"Today, who can replace him?" The main voting day, according to the presidential decree, is July 1; however, citizens may also vote from June 25 to 30.

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Voting stations opened on June 25 for a week to help avoid crowds on July 1, the day designated for the vote, as Russian Federation continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic.

"We'll fall ill and die - but we'll deliver the votes for Putin", joked allies of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, posting a video of a vote being held in a stairwell in Siberia near a flat where a coronavirus case had been registered.

The Kremlin is keen to see a high voter turnout and makeshift polling stations cropped up across the country, including some in buses, tents and on street benches that were ridiculed on social media.

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