The entire Russian government is resigning, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced on Russian state television Wednesday.
Several local news agencies carried the report on January 15, adding that Putin will decide on the makeup of the new government.
Interfax said, without giving its source, that Putin has instructed the outgoing government to perform its duties until a new administration is in place.
Russia news agencies said Putin thanked Medvedev for his service but noted that the prime minister’s Cabinet failed to fulfill all the objectives set for it.
Putin will now have to name a new government for Russia
It added that Putin plans to create the position of Russian Security Council deputy secretary and that the post will be offered to Medvedev.Medvedev, a longtime close associate of Putin’s, has served as Russia’s prime minister since 2012. He spent four years before that as president in 2008-2012.
Medvedev’s resignation followed Putin’s annual state of the nation address earlier Wednesday. During his speech, the Russian leader proposed amending the constitution to increase the powers of prime ministers and Cabinet members. The proposed move is seen as part of Putin’s efforts to carve out a new position of power for himself to stay at the helm after his current term as president ends in 2024.
Political analysts believe that should Vladmir Putin go ahead with the referendum on the constitution then that would weaken the powers of the president and make the prime minister stronger.
With his tenure as president coming to an end in 2024, it is widely believed that he seeks to find ways of becoming the next prime minister which incidentally means that he is still the most powerful man in Russia.
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