Russians voted in a new constitution that will see President Vladimir Putin stay in power till 2036.
Nearly 78 percent of Russian voters officially approved the amendments to the country’s constitution.
The Russian Electoral Commission announced Thursday after all the ballots were counted. According to the commission, as reported by the BBC, there was no case of fraud reported. But the opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, had otherwise to say.
“This vote is a forgery, but above all it is a public declaration of what is happening in the country: Vladimir Putin, together with a group of his corrupt friends and colleagues, has illegally taken power and wants to remain Russia’s leader for life,” Nalvany protested.
Other amendments in Russia’s current constitution include generally popular measures such as establishing a minimum wage and pension allocations based on the cost of living, changes which Russians saw vital.
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.
On 9 August 1999, Putin was appointed one of three First Deputy Prime Ministers, and later on that day, was appointed acting Prime Minister of the Government of the Russian Federation by President Yeltsin.
Later on that same day, Putin agreed to run for the presidency after Yeltsin announced that he wanted to see Putin as his successor.
On 31 December 1999, Yeltsin unexpectedly resigned and, according to the Constitution of Russia, Putin became Acting President of the Russian Federation.
He will be the longest serving Russian President as he is expected to rule the Russian Federation for the next 16 years, with two re-elections in waiting within that period.