Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the decree on Friday with a package of constitutional changes that would allow him to remain in power until 2036 after it was approved in the July 1 referendum.
“The changes to the Constitution of the Russian Federation … will take effect on July 4, 2020,” says the text of the presidential decree initialed by Putin, as reported by the Russian news agency Sputnik.
The referendum on constitutional reforms started on June 25 and ended on July 1. The ballot box was originally scheduled for April 22, but the Russian authorities had to suspend it due to the pandemic of the new corona virus.
The Central Election Commission confirmed the result of the referendum this Friday, which led to 77.92 percent of the votes and 21.27 percent of the votes against. The participation was 67.97 percent.