JRL NEWSWATCH: “Russia’s Putin sends his constitutional proposals to Parliament” – AP https://apnews.com/439f57dd1e8538c930d4510c616cae5d

Russian State Duma Building file photo

“… Putin has submitted to Parliament …. constitutional amendments widely seen as an attempt to secure his grip on power well after his current term ends in 2024. … first presented … in his state-of-the-nation address … arguing they are intended to bolster the role of Parliament and strengthen democracy. Kremlin critics have argued that they are intended to allow his rule for life. … Putin said that the constitutional changes need to be approved by the entire nation, but it wasn’t immediately clear how such a vote would be organized. … Putin … also fired Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who had the job for eight years, and named tax chief Mikhail Mishustin to succeed him. … yet to appoint the new Cabinet.”

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