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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev resigned from Vladimir Putin, toppling the government. The president of the country wants to increase the power of Parliament and let the deputies choose the executive.
"We, as the Government of the Russian Federation, should give the President the means to take all necessary measures. Therefore, the whole government resigns," said Medvedev, quoted by the Russian news agency Tass, which will continue on. until a new executive is appointed and sworn in.
Putin thanked the resigning Prime Minister for his services, but stressed that his cabinet had not fulfilled all the objectives outlined, and it is not yet clear whether or not Medvedev's resignation was forced by the Russian president.
Russian media say Vladimir Putin plans to appoint Medvedev, his longtime ally, as Vice President of the Security Council.
The departure of Prime Minister Medvedev since 2012 comes after President Vladimir Putin proposed a national referendum to introduce changes to the country's constitution, aimed at strengthening Parliament's powers, without jeopardizing presidential power. According to Putin's proposal, it was the deputies who were responsible for choosing the prime minister and the other members of the government, a right now belonging to the head of state.
Proposals for amendments include strengthening the powers of regional governors, prohibiting members of government and judges from obtaining residence abroad and the obligation for presidential candidates to have lived in Russia for the past 25 years.
Analysts see this presidential proposal as Putin's effort to gain a new position of power, allowing him to remain in command of the state after his current term, ending in 2024.
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