Coronavirus delays Russian vote on Putin staying in power

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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.

Mr Putin also announced that Russians would not work next week “to slow the speed” of the infection.

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