July 2, 2020 / 9:55 AM / a month ago

Kremlin hails landslide vote that gave Putin right to extend his rule as a triumph

FILE PHOTO - Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a video conference call, dedicated to the opening of new military medical centres for patients infected with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Moscow, Russia June 30, 2020. Sputnik/Alexei Babushkin/Kremlin via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin on Thursday hailed as a triumph the result of a nationwide vote that handed President Vladimir Putin the right to stay in power until 2036, saying it was a testament to public trust in him.

Official results published on Thursday, after 100% of ballots had been counted, showed that nearly 78% of voters had approved constitutional changes allowing Putin to run for two more six-year terms after his current one ends in 2024.

Critics have said the vote was flawed by serious irregularities, something the authorities deny.

Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber and Anton Kolodyazhnyy; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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