Mikhail Mishustin, who was previously nominated by Russian President Vladimir Putin as a candidate for the post of Prime Minister, State Duma President Vyacheslav Volodin and head of the Just Russia party, Sergei Mironov speaks while Mishustin meets with members of the Just Russia party in State Duma, the lower house of parliament, in Moscow, Russia, January 16, 2020. REUTERS / Evgenia Novozhenina
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s ruling party, United Russia, unanimously approved Thursday the candidacy of Mikhail Mishustin as prime minister before a formal parliamentary vote, said Anastasia Kashevarova, an assistant to the parliament’s spokesperson on social media.
Russia’s state Duma, the lower house of parliament, is expected to vote on Mishustin’s candidacy later on Thursday. United Russia has a majority in the Duma.
The previous day, Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed constitutional changes that would give him the possibility of expanding his control over power after leaving the presidency, and elected Mishustin as prime minister after Dmitry Medvedev and his cabinet resigned.
Maxim Rodionov’s report, written by Alexander Marrow; Editing by Andrew Osborn