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Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:11 AM

Putin Delays Referendum on Plan to Stay in Power Over Virus

Source: Bloomberg

President Vladimir Putin postponed a planned public vote on constitutional changes next month that would allow him to rule to 2036 as the country attempts to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

“We must understand that Russia simply due to its geographical position, cannot isolate itself from the threat,” Putin said in a televised address Wednesday. “The absolute priority for us is the health, well-being and safety of the people. Therefore, I believe that the vote should be postponed to a later date.”

President Vladimir Putin postponed a planned public vote on constitutional changes next month that would allow him to rule to 2036 as the country attempts to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

“We must understand that Russia simply due to its geographical position, cannot isolate itself from the threat,” Putin said in a televised address Wednesday. “The absolute priority for us is the health, well-being and safety of the people. Therefore, I believe that the vote should be postponed to a later date.”

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-25/putin-delays-referendum-on-plan-to-stay-in-power-over-virus-fear?srnd=politics-vp



The delay to the vote slows the momentum behind a vital initiative for Putin two more six-year presidential terms once his current mandate ends in 2024.

The Russian leader had repeatedly ruled out changes that would allow him to remain president.

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left-of-center2012 Mar 25 OP
catsudon Mar 25 #1
rocktivity Mar 25 #2
DENVERPOPS Mar 25 #3
Nitram Mar 25 #4
Massacure Mar 25 #5
Nitram Mar 26 #6

Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:21 AM

1. wow

im surprised, right now would be a good time since everyone else is busy with the virus.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:23 AM

2. And his protege President The Don isn't far behind

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Response to rocktivity (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 12:22 PM

3. Lead by example

Putin can be used as an example by the Republicans as to why they are postponing indefinitely the 2020 election in the U.S.

Don't laugh...............

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 01:43 PM

4. I haven't read anything about the spread of the virus in Russia. Does anyone have news about that?

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Response to Nitram (Reply #4)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 08:39 PM

5. not in front of me, but...

I recall reading articles where infection disease experts view Russia's reported caseload to be unusually low and suspect Russia of misclassifying COVID19 cases as pneumonia.

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Response to Massacure (Reply #5)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 11:59 AM

6. The news about China is that they do not count people who test positive but have no symptoms.

Sounds like a recipe for disaster.

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