World Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev renounces the entire cabinet

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev renounces the entire cabinet

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In a surprise move, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev resigned along with the entire cabinet of the country, the Russian state news agency. Tass reported Wednesday.

Medvedev made the announcement after Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed a series of constitutional changes that, according to Medvedev, would alter the country's balance of power. Medvedev has been a close ally of Putin for a long time. He has served as prime minister of Russia since 2012. Prior to that, he spent four years as president, 2008-12.

Mikhail Mishustin, head of the Russian tax agency, was appointed new prime minister.

Tass said that Putin thanked Medvedev for his service, but noted that the prime minister's cabinet did not meet all the established goals. The news agency said that Putin plans to appoint Medvedev as a deputy in the Russian Security Council. It was not immediately clear if Putin asked Medvedev to go and if his role in the Security Council, which he accepted, is a promotion or a decline in category.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on the right and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev meet with members of the government in Moscow on January 15, 2020.

Putin, who has been in power in Russia for more than two decades, is a former KGB officer who emerged from the shadows of Russian intelligence agencies when it was still the Soviet Union. Medvedev's resignation could be a sign that Putin wants to try to extend his term of 20 years after his term expires formally in 2024.

Putin also previously served as Prime Minister of Russia. When he changed jobs with Medvedev in 2012, the measure sparked large-scale protests in Russia.

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