Dmitry Medvedev has announced the resignation of his government. He has a president Wladimir Putin Russian news agencies reported this move after it announced a number of constitutional changes. Putin will appoint a new government and has instructed the previous cabinet to remain in office until then, Interfax reported.
The news agency cited Medvedev. Putin will appoint him deputy head of the Security Council. There he should be responsible for defense and security, Interfax reported.
Putin had previously announced a constitutional reform in Parliament Russia want to give more power. For example, the MPs should appoint the Prime Minister in the future, as Putin said in a speech on the state of the nation. The criteria for presidential candidates should also be tightened. But he wanted to hold onto the strong presidential system. To this end, he proposed a constitutional referendum. Critics accuse Putin of working to maintain power beyond 2024, when his term as president ends and he has to step down under the constitution.
Putin's term in office expires in 2024. The constitution stipulates that the president may only serve twice in a row. The 67-year-old was re-elected in May 2018. He has practically led Russia since January 2000 – initially for two terms until 2008 as President. He then moved to the post of prime minister for four years. In 2012 he was re-elected president. As four years earlier, Putin and Medvedev swapped positions.