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Russian PM & His Cabinet Resign after Putin Proposes Constitutional Changes, Names New Premier

Russian President Vladimir Putin and PM Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday. (PTI)

Russian President Vladimir Putin and PM Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday. (PTI)

Russian news agencies said Vladimir Putin thanked PM Dmitry Medvedev for his work, adding the latter will be named deputy of the presidential Security Council.

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  • Last Updated: January 15, 2020, 11:18 PM IST
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Moscow: The Tass news agency reported that Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev submitted his resignation to President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.

Russian 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. Russian media said Putin plans to name Medvedev as deputy of the presidential Security Council.

Medvedev said the proposals would make significant changes to the country's balance of power and so "the government in its current form has resigned".

Putin later proposed the head of Russia's tax service Mikhail Mishustin for the post of prime minister.

Medvedev, a long-time 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.

Putin asked the member's of Medvedev's Cabinet to keep working until a new Cabinet is formed.

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.

(With inputs from AP and AFP)
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