Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev has announced his resignation and that of the entire Government. Medvedev, 54, had been in office since 2012. The president, Vladimir Putin, has accepted his resignation and has announced that he will appoint his first deputy prime minister of the Security Council, a newly created position. The Russian leader has not clarified who will be the successor of Medvedev. For now, the Government will remain in office.
The announcement comes just after Putin, in his annual speech about the state of the nation, announce that it will propose "substantial" constitutional changes. "We, as Government, have to give the president of our country the ability to make all necessary decisions (for constitutional changes). In this environment, I consider it appropriate that the Government, in accordance with article 117 of the Constitution, resigns ".
Medvedev "has always dealt with these problems, and to increase our defense and security capacity I considered it appropriate and asked him to take care of those particular problems," said the Russian president, who is the chairman of that Security Council and He has offered the new position to the former Prime Minister.
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