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President Putin to stay in power till 2036 should the referendum pass

Putin to stay in power till 2036 should the referendum pass

July 1 marks the final day, after six days of voting to change Russia’s current constitution, which will see  President Vladimir Putin stay in power for the next 16 year.

President Putin, aged 67, has been in power for two decades as President and is currently the longest-serving Russian or Soviet leader since Joseph Stalin.

Other amendments in Russia’s current constitution included generally popular measures such as establishing a minimum wage and pension allocations based on the cost of living.

Russians can give only a yes or no to the whole package, which has already been approved by Russia’s parliament and signed by Putin, according to BBC report.

The referendum seeks changes to the constitution that could enable Putin to run for re-election twice more and potentially remain in power until he is 83 years old, according to Deutsche Press Agency (DPA).

He encouraged Russians to turn out and cast their ballots, urging them to vote on four of the reforms.

“We can ensure stability, security, prosperity and a dignified life for people only through development and only together,” Putin said.

Putin had declared Wednesday, the final day of the voting, to be a one-off public holiday in a bid to encourage voter turnout.

The referendum was widely expected to pass. The state’s largest pollster, the Russian Public Opinion Research Centre, said on Monday that 76 per cent of those who had already voted had cast ballots in favour.

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