Russian Prime Minister submits his resignation to President Vladimir Putin

Nellie Chapman
January 15, 2020

Mr. Putin became prime minister, though he remained the real power in the government, and he returned to the presidency in 2012, when Mr. Medvedev became prime minister.

"In this context, it is obvious that we, as the government, should provide the president of our country with the ability to make all necessary decisions for this", he said.

"All further decisions will be taken by the president".

After Medvedev's announcement early Wednesday evening - which came as such a shock to all that not even those laid off knew about it till just prior, one sitting minister told The Bell news outlet - all eyes are on who Putin's anointed replacement might be.

"Our historic duty is to ensure stable population growth", he said, announcing new financial incentives to encourage Russians to have more children to boost the population. "Not everything was done, but everything never works out in full".

Approval of the prime minister and other key cabinet posts, suggested Putin in his speech, should soon lie with Russia's Duma legislative body.

Earlier in the day, Putin said in an address to Russia's Federal Assembly that the country's 1993 constitution should be amended, including giving the State Duma - the lower house of parliament - the right to name cabinet ministers and the prime minister, a power that now belongs to the president.

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She said, "Crazy day in Moscow politics".

Dmitri Trenin, head of the Moscow Carnegie Center, said Putin had begun the process of redrawing state powers ahead of the 2024 end to his current presidency.

The president should retain the right to dismiss the prime minister and Cabinet ministers, to name top defence and security officials, and to be in charge of the Russian military and law enforcement agencies, he said.

Mr. Putin described the proposed constitutional changes in his annual state of the nation address as an effort to enhance democracy.

Putin suggested to establish a position of a deputy head of the Russian Security Council and to appoint Medvedev to the position.

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers his speech at a gala on the occasion of the New Year at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow on December 26, 2019.

According to the current Constitution, adopted in 1993, the government exercises executive power; it drafts and implements the federal budget and carries out the national policy in the sphere of finance, foreign policy, education, healthcare, culture, science, and so on.

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