President for Life: Russia Parliament Passes Reforms Allowing Putin to Stay in Power Till 2036
Moscow: Russia’s lower house on Wednesday passed constitutional reforms in their final reading that include the possibility of President Vladimir Putin extending his rule for another two terms.
A total of 383 State Duma lawmakers voted in favour of the package of constitutional amendments, with 43 abstentions and none against.
The measures must now be approved by the upper house Federation Council and be put to a public vote scheduled for April 22.
Putin announced the package of reforms in January, then repeatedly denied they were meant to extend his grip on power as he approaches the end of his fourth and final presidential term in 2024.