The prime minister of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev and also the entire Russian government have resigned after President Putin proposed a constitutional reform that will allow him remain in power indefinitely.
Speaking in his annual address to parliament on Wednesday, president Putin proposed a referendum on amending Russia’s constitution to extend the powers of parliament while maintaining a robust presidential system.
“I consider it necessary to conduct a vote by the country’s citizens on an entire package of proposed amendments to the country’s constitution,” Putin said.
He also suggested an amendment of the constitution to permit lawmakers to name prime ministers and cabinet members.
“It will increase the role of parliament and parliamentary parties, powers and independence of the prime minister and every one cabinet members,” Putin said.
“We are going to be ready to build a robust prosperous Russia only on the idea of respect for popular opinion .
“Together we’ll certainly change life for the higher . Russia must remain a robust presidential republic.”
After President Vladimir Putin made his plans known, his entire government including the country’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev tendered their resignation to him.
Hours after the government resigned, Putin named federal tax chief Mikhail Mishustin, 53 years old and a comparatively unknown technocrat, as the new prime minister.
According to RIA press agency , Mishustin will face a vote of approval in the lower house of parliament on Thursday.