Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Friday, April 26th, 2019

Putin Urges High Voter Turnout Ahead Of Russian Election

Putin Urges High Voter  Turnout Ahead Of Russian Election

MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin has urged Russians to cast ballots in Sunday’s election, which he is certain to win, saying that the vote will shape the country’s future.
Putin said in a televised address Friday that “the will of the people, the will of each Russian citizen will determine the path the country will take.”
The Russian leader, whose approval ratings top 80 percent, is set to easily win another six-year term against seven challengers, but the Kremlin has been concerned about voter apathy and has sought to boost turnout to make Putin’s victory as impressive as possible.
Putin urged Russians to “use their right to choose the future for the great Russia that we all love.” He warned that failure to cast a ballot would mean that “this decisive choice will be made without your opinion taken into account.”
On Friday, the final day of the campaign, the president is set to visit a medical center in St. Petersburg, his home city.
The president has traveled across Russia, promising to raise wages, modernize crumbling health care and education and pour more funds into dilapidated infrastructure.
Ksenia Sobchak, a 36-year-old TV host who has campaigned on a liberal platform and criticized Putin’s policies, announced the creation of a new political party late Thursday. (AP)