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Russian court approves law which could extend the reign of President Putin

Russian court approves law which could extend the reign of President Putin

Russia's Constitutional Court has ruled that President Vladimir Putin's proposed changes to the constitution that could allow him to stay in power for a further 16 years were in line with Russian law.

The changes now must be approved in a national referendum scheduled for April 22 before they can come into effect.

President Putin has been in power since 2000. Under current law, he wouldn't be able to run for President again in 2024 due to term limits, however the changes, if approved in the referendum, would allow him to run for two more terms of six years by resetting his term count.

Other proposed constitutional changes include strengthening the presidency, outlawing same-sex marriage and emphasizing the priority of Russian law over international norms. 

The whole of the Russian government, including the country's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, resigned in January when Mr Putin proposed changes to the constitution while delivering his annual state-of-the-nation address.

 

Photo Credit: Isac Nóbrega/PR - Palácio do Planalto via Flickr under licence (CC BY 2.0)

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