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BBC News 26 Mar 2020

Coronavirus delays Russian vote on Putin staying in power


Russian President Vladimir Putin has postponed a vote on constitutional change that would allow him to stay in power, because of coronavirus concerns.

He said the public vote - previously due to be held on 22 April - would be delayed until a "later date".

The proposed changes include scrapping a ban on allowing Mr Putin to run for office again.

The changes have already been approved by parliament and Russia's constitutional court.

They would give Mr Putin - who is serving his fourth presidential term and has dominated Russian politics for two decades - the right to serve two more consecutive terms.

Sen. Lamar Alexander, who is considered a key vote, announced he will vote against hearing from witnesses, while Sen. Susan Collins said she will vote to subpoena witnesses.
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