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Coronavirus Forces Putin to Delay Vote That Could Keep Him in Power

MOSCOW—In his first address to the nation since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, Russian President Vladimir Putin told citizens that an April referendum on changes to the country’s constitution would be postponed to help curb the spread of the illness.

The announcement followed weeks of speculation over the fate of the national vote, which was scheduled for April 22 but has now been pushed to an unspecified future date, depending on how the pandemic develops.

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