Published: Wed, January 15, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Russian government resigns after Putin announces reforms

Russian government resigns after Putin announces reforms

At the same time, Putin said Russian Federation must remain a "strong presidential republic", with the president retaining powers such as the right to dismiss the prime minister and cabinet ministers, as well as naming top defense and security officials.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has announced that the entire government is resigning after head of state Putin proposed changes to the constitution during his speech.

"In this context, it's obvious that we, as the government. should provide the president of our country with the opportunity to make all the decisions necessary for this".

In his state of the nation address earlier in the day, Putin suggested amending the constitution to allow lawmakers to name prime ministers and Cabinet members.

Putin reportedly thanked Medvedev's government for its work.

Mr. Putin named him as deputy head of the Kremlin Security Council, a powerful body that includes defense and security officials. As the Russian constitution stands now, the president has the sole power to appoint the prime minister.

"These changes do indicate a change in power structures, but at the same time, they do keep the president very strong", said Godfroid.

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Handing the Russian parliament more power at the expense of presidential authority could signal a power shift that has been long speculated about in Russia.

Medvedev's decision to step down after one term to let Putin return to the presidency also sparked massive protests in Moscow in 2011-2012 in a major challenge to the Kremlin.

The Russia government resigned in a surprising move following President Vladimir Putin's speech on the state of the nation.

Under the proposals, the prime minister would present parliament with candidates for the country's deputy prime ministers and government ministers, which parliament would also confirm. He also suggested strengthening the power of the State Council, which he now heads.

"I don't consider [the two consecutive term limit] a matter of principle, but I agree with it", he said in the address.

"After those amendments are adopted-and it was said that this is likely to be done following discussion-there will be significant changes not only to a variety of constitution articles, but to the balance of power, namely to the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of power", the prime minister said.

Re-elected to a six-year term in 2018, Putin has seen his approval ratings fall to some of their lowest levels, though still far above those of most Western leaders.

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