Russian President Vladimir Putin have won a resounding victory. The Russians on Wednesday voted in favour of the country’s political status quo, according to preliminary results. As such, Vladimir Putin has succeeded in his bid to stay in power until the middle of the next decade.
On Wednesday, the Russians have overwhelmingly voted in favour to bring about the changes to the country’s constitution.
The constitutional amendments cover a range of issues which includes guarantees to boost pensions as well as giving Putin the right to run for two more six-year terms in office. The 67-year old’s current term ends in 2024.
With nearly all of the ballots counted, the tally for the voting that has taken place over a full week showed a 78% “yes” vote, according to Russia’s Central Election Commission. The commission estimated the turnout was 65% of eligible voters.
The opposition however, accused the government of rigging the votes.
Russia’s leading opposition figure, Alexey Navalny, stated that it was clear that the voting results were already planned beforehand.
“We watched a show, with a pre-planned finale”, he further stated.
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