Russia's referendum on constitutional changes showed voters overwhelmingly approved the amendments that would allow Vladimir Putin to potentially extend his rule until 2036.
Russia's Central Election Commission said 78% of votes had supported changing the constitution. Just over 21% had voted against. Turnout was 65%. The Kremlin called the result a "triumph" and said it demonstrated the public's trust in Putin.
The referendum asked Russians if they agreed or disagreed with changes to the country's constitution, including a provision that defines marriage strictly as a "union of a man and a woman."
The changes to the constitution effectively reset the clock on Putin's term limits, allowing him to seek two more six-year terms when his presidency ends in 2024. For now, Putin's presidency looks likely to end in 2036, when he will turn 84.
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