President Vladimir Putin stated on Friday Russian society had proven unity by voting to again reforms permitting him to remain in energy till 2036 and that Russians had felt the necessity for the adjustments of their hearts.
Putin, 67, additionally decreed the constitutional amendments would enter drive on July 4 after they had been backed by virtually 78% of Russians, in line with official outcomes, in a week-long vote that ended on Wednesday.
The Kremlin has hailed the landslide victory as a triumph for Putin, however critics stated the vote was unlawful and illegitimate. An impartial monitoring group stated the vote was deeply flawed.
“People felt with their hearts that what was on provide (the amendments) … was in demand and what the nation wanted,” Putin stated in his first public feedback on the vote.
“Usually, the outcomes of the vote confirmed a excessive degree of unity in society on key questions which are of nationwide significance,” Putin stated.
Different adjustments within the reform package deal grant former presidents immunity from prosecution, enshrine a reference within the structure to God and outline marriage as a union of a person and a girl.
Putin additionally used a gathering with officers broadcast on state tv to attempt to poke enjoyable on the U.S. embassy in Moscow for flying the rainbow flag as a part of LGBT delight celebrations.
“They’ve proven one thing about who’s working there. However by no means thoughts … Our place is known,” stated Putin, who has sought to distance Russia from liberal Western values and aligned himself with the Russian Orthodox Church.
Putin stated throughout the marketing campaign to vary the structure that he wouldn’t let the standard notion of a mom and father be subverted by what he referred to as “mother or father quantity 1” and “mother or father quantity 2”.
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