Putin thanked the members of the government for their work, but added that “not everything worked.” Putin added that in the near future he would meet with each member of the cabinet. Mass resignation includes Medvedev.
The surprise announcement came after Putin proposed constitutional amendments that would strengthen the powers of the prime minister and parliament at the expense of the presidency.
Giving parliament more power at the expense of the presidential authority could indicate a change in power that has long been speculated in Russia.
Putin’s critics have suggested that he is considering several scenarios to maintain his control over control after 2024, including the option of becoming prime minister with extended powers. Similarly, in 2008 Putin changed places with the prime minister to circumvent the constitutional provision that prohibits the same person from serving two consecutive terms.
In his statement, Medvedev said the government was resigning to clear the way for the reforms proposed by Putin.
Putin “described a series of fundamental changes in the constitution, significant changes not only in a series of articles of the constitution, but also in the balance of power as a whole,” Medvedev said in his statement, which aired on state television Russian .
“In this context, it is obvious that we, as a government … should give the president of our country the opportunity to make all the necessary decisions for this. And under these conditions, I think it would be correct, according to Section 117 of the constitution, “for the government to resign,” Medvedev added.
In his annual address to the Federal Assembly on Wednesday morning, Putin said he agreed that no one should serve as president for more than two consecutive terms, and proposed several constitutional amendments.
His key proposal is to transfer power to select the prime minister and the president’s cabinet to parliament.
“I know that a constitutional provision in our society that the same person should not be president for more than two consecutive terms is being discussed,” Putin said. “I don’t think this is a fundamental issue, but I agree with that,” he said.
“I propose … to entrust to the State Duma the power to approve the candidacy of the prime minister, and then, according to the prime minister’s proposal, [appoint] “All deputy prime ministers and federal ministers,” Putin said. “In this case, the president will be obliged to name them, that is, he will not have the right to reject the candidacies approved by Parliament.”
Under the current constitution, the president needs to obtain the approval of the lower house of parliament to appoint the head of the government, and it is within the presidential rights to appoint all deputies and ministers.
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