Thursday, July 2, 2020

Putin wins referendum and same-sex marriage loses

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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