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    Putin’s going to be in power till 2036

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    Right to extend rule

    In a landslide vote, Russian citizens paved the way for constitutional changes that would keep current leader Vladimir Putin in power till 2036.

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    Running again

    Putin, who has held Russia’s top office - either as Prime Minister or President - for the past two decades, can now run for two more six-year terms once the current one ends.

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    Russia’s Election Commission has so far counted 98% of the votes, which put the former KGB well ahead on the path to an extended term in office. That means Putin, 67, could rule until the age of 83.

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    Opposition politician Alexei Navalny feels the vote was not a fair exercise, going so far as to call the vote an illegitimate and an illegal show designed to legalise Putin's presidency for life.

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    Popularity

    But, as is evidenced by the vote, the people of Russia are in favour of Putin, with his approval rating still at 60%, according to the Levada pollster, but well down on its peak of nearly 90%.

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