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15 Jan 2020 | 11:19 AM UTC

Russia: Russian government resigns January 15

Russian prime minister, deputy prime ministers, and federal ministers resign on January 15, following Putin’s calls for constitutional reform; Putin names Mikhail Mishustin new PM



Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced that the Russian government, composed of the prime minister, deputy prime ministers, and federal ministers, would resign on Wednesday, January 15. The move is reportedly to make way for constitutional reforms that President Vladimir Putin announced in a speech earlier on Wednesday, which will give parliament, rather than the president, the power to appoint the prime minister and cabinet. Putin offered the position of PM to the head of the Russian tax service, Mikhail Mishustin, hours after Medvedev's resignation.


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