The President of Russia Vladimir Putin supported the proposal of the head of the Central election Commission of the Russian Federation Ella Pamfilova to hold a nationwide vote on amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation on 1 July. He said this during the workshop, the broadcast of which led the TV channel “Russia 24”.
According to Putin, “July 1 looks like a day is appropriate”.
He added that the vote was not to save.
Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov in comments TASS reported that Russia is July 1, could be declared a day off.
Voting on amendments to the Constitution was scheduled to be held on April 22, but was postponed indefinitely due to pandemic coronavirus infection COVID-19.
20 January 2020 Putin submitted the draft law on amendments to the Constitution of the Russian Federation to the state Duma. It was unanimously adopted in the first reading on January 23.
In the document, in particular, to exclude the possibility to occupy the presidency more than two terms, to fix the priority of the Constitution over international law, as well as to expand the powers of the constitutional court. On 11 February the Committee of the state Duma has approved the amendments to the Constitution, in the case of adoption of which Putin after leaving from a post of the President for life will remain a member of the Federation Council.
Putin also proposed an amendment, which provides for the formation of the head of state of the state Council “to ensure the concerted functioning and interaction of public authorities”.
Some experts believethat thus the Russian leader is trying to solve the problem of retaining power after 2024, when is the next presidential term. Putin is the Russian President since 2000 with a short break. According to the current Constitution he cannot run for the post of the head of the Kremlin in 2024.
February 4, Putin said that the amendments to the Constitution are made for the extension of his powers.
On March 10, a proposal to nullify the presidential terms of Putin or completely removed from the Constitution limiting the number of terms was made by the Deputy from “United Russia” Valentina Tereshkova. Later in the Duma, Putin spoke out against the complete elimination from the Constitution of the regulations on limiting the number of presidential terms, but supported the nullification of their terms , provided that the constitutional court recognizes such an amendment is not contrary to the basic law. The state Duma supported the amendment to abolish presidential terms of Putin.