Russian government resigns after President Putins address

Russian government resigns after President Putins address

Russian government resigns after President Putins address

Mr Medvedev has been prime minister for several years.

Medvedev made the announcement on state TV sitting next to Putin who thanked Medvedev, a close ally, for his work.

"Russia's fate and its historic prospects depend on how many of us there are", Putin said, announcing new cash payouts for births and the extension of child benefit plans.

Putin promptly appointed Medvedev to the newly created post of deputy head of the presidential Security Council.

He is ending his term as president, and the goal of yesterday's message is amendments to the Constitution, which now, when president may not be Putin, take away all power from that president, transfer it him to another post. Crucially, parliament - which is dominated by the United Russia party that Mr. Putin founded - would choose the prime minister and cabinet, rather than the directly-elected president.

Another change would grant the Federation Council the authority to confirm the appointments of the head of Russia's key security agencies.

"I conclude from this message that Putin is not going to end the war with Ukraine", Poroshenko said. And - with Putin facing the end in 2024 of what is supposed to be his final term - what does it mean for his hold on power? He spent the four years before that, from 2008 to 2012, as president.

Under current law, the President is limited to two consecutive terms.

"Such a model resembling the Chinese one would allow Putin to stay at the helm indefinitely while encouraging rivalry between potential successors", Rogov observed.

Addressing the Federal Assembly, consisting of the country's two legislative houses, Putin pledged to put his proposed constitutional amendments to a general vote.

Is Mr Putin trying to be in power forever?

The proposed overhauls include granting more powers to the parliament and another body called the State Council, while the presidency would see its sweeping authority reduced somewhat.

Russia's ruling party on Thursday (16 January) unanimously backed President Vladimir Putin's surprise choice for prime minister, Mikhail Mishustin, a man with nearly no political profile. Putin also proposed that ministers and lawmakers should only have Russian citizenship, allegedly to avoid being blackmailed by the West through sanctions. He has won a good reputation among experts who praised him for boosting tax collection and streamlining Russia's rigid tax administration system. Government officials and businessmen describe him as a professional and effective manager who understands the economy well, which makes him a good fit for the Cabinet during a time when Russia's economy is weakened.

Alexei Navalny, Russia's most prominent opposition leader, tweeted that Putin's proposals reflected the 67-year-old president's intention to "rule until he dies".

Among other things, Putin proposed approving priority of the Constitution over worldwide treaties. Putin apparently believes that the State Duma will act in accordance with his own preferences, saying that most of Russia's parties were "patriotic" - or in other words loyal to the Kremlin.

He added that new weapons systems would protect Russia's security "for decades ahead".

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