Russians have voted by overwhelming numbers to pass revisions to their constitution that allow President Vladimir Putin to run for President an additional two times.
The amendments passed by a margin of 78%-21%. The turnout was roughly 65%.
The changes would “reset” the two-term presidential limit to zero, meaning Putin would be able to run for another two six-year terms if he so chose.
Putin has been the head of Russia’s government, either as President or Prime Minister, since 1999. Under his direction Russia regained prominence on the world stage.
Putin enjoys high popularity in Russia. His nationalistic policies and projection of strength in foreign policy are largely seen as having been successful and are a source of national pride.
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