Moscow The Russian government resigned shortly after Putin's statement on the state of the nation. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has resigned from the president who accepted him. The Russian news agencies Tass and Ria reported on Wednesday, citing the head of government.
President Vladimir Putin will appoint a new government and has instructed the previous cabinet to remain in office until then, Interfax reported. Putin thanked Medvedev for working together, "even if everything didn't work out".
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Putin had initiated fundamental constitutional changes. "Against this backdrop, it is obvious that we as the government must give the president the opportunity to make all the decisions that are necessary," he said. The resignation of the cabinet is therefore logical, said Medvedev.
Medvedev will be appointed deputy head of the Security Council by Putin. There he should be responsible for defense and security, Interfax reported. "I think it is possible and asked him to deal with questions of this category in the future," said Putin.
The president made a speech on the state of the nation on Wednesday. In it, he proposed a constitutional amendment to give the prime minister and cabinet members more power.
In any case, the government will probably be reshuffled by Putin himself. The constitutional changes, including implementation through a referendum, will take a few more months.
Putin himself will not be able to run again as president after his term in 2024. Observers have speculated that the 67-year-old may therefore switch to the Prime Minister's office again and strengthen his powers.
The government was under great pressure due to the country's economic crisis. Putin had only recently promised more help for low-income families. The next parliamentary election was scheduled for autumn 2021.
Medvedev is very unpopular in Russia. Since 2017 there have been protests by the opposition that are directed particularly against him. The Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny had uncovered the politician's corruption and piling up money and initiated the protests. (With agency material)
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