MOSCOW, January 15 (FENA/TASS) – The Russian government has resigned, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced on Wednesday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a constitutional overhaul Wednesday to boost the powers of parliament and the Cabinet, a move signaling Putin’s intention to carve out a new position for himself after his current term ends.
President Vladimir Putin thanked Dmitry Medvedev’s government for its work. “For my part, I also want to thank you for everything that was done at this stage of our joint work, I want to express satisfaction with the results that have been achieved,” the president told a meeting with the cabinet of ministers, TASS reported.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev submitted his resignation hours after Putin discussed the constitutional amendments during his state of the nation address.
The Russian leader said the prime minister’s Cabinet had failed to fulfill all of its objectives. In televised remarks, Putin said Medvedev would take up a new position as a deputy head of the presidential Security Council.
Medvedev, a longtime close associate of Putin’s, has served as Russia’s prime minister since 2012.
He spent four years before that as president in 2008-2012, becoming a placeholder when Putin had to switch into the prime minister’s office because of constitutional term limits on the presidency.
Medvedev obediently stepped down after just one term as president and let Putin reclaim the top job.
Putin asked the members of Medvedev’s Cabinet to keep working until a new Cabinet is formed.