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World Russian prime minister and government resign after Putin speech

16:10  15 january  2020
16:10  15 january  2020 Source:   reuters.com

Putin engineers shakeup that could keep him in power longer

  Putin engineers shakeup that could keep him in power longer President Vladimir Putin engineered a surprise shakeup of Russia's leadership Wednesday, proposing changes to the constitution that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in 2024. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev resigned his post after Putin announced the proposed constitutional amendments. Putin kept his longtime ally in the Kremlin's leadership structure, appointing him to the newly created post of deputy head of the presidential Security Council.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced on Wednesday that he and the rest of the Russian government were resigning , Russian news agencies reported. The announcement came on the heels of President Vladimir Putin 's annual speech to lawmakers where he proposed a series of

Instead, he could become prime minister again, or follow political models from countries such as Kazakhstan, where the former president The speech focused heavily on the themes of poverty and social support, with Putin promising additional support for families with children, in an effort to raise

MOSCOW, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday that his government was resigning to give President Vladimir Putin room to carry out the changes he wants to make to the constitution. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev speak before a meeting with government members in Moscow, Russia January 15, 2020. © Sputnik/Dmitry Astakhov/Pool via REUTERS Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev speak before a meeting with government members in Moscow, Russia January 15, 2020.

The unexpected announcement, which came shortly after Putin proposed a nationwide vote on sweeping changes that would shift power from the presidency to parliament, means Russia will also get a new prime minister.

Possible candidates include Sergei Sobyanin, the mayor of Moscow, Dmitry Oreshkin, the economy minister, or Alexander Novak, the energy minister.

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

Putin said that Medvedev would take on a new job as deputy head of Russia's Security Council, which Putin chairs.

Putin asked for the outgoing government to remain at work until a new government was appointed.

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