Vladimir Putin and Dmitri Medvedev at the Kremlin (Moscow), December 25, 2013. - KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP
It's a surprise announcement. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday presented President Vladimir Putin with the resignation of his government after a speech by the head of state announcing constitutional reforms. “We, as the government of the Russian Federation, must empower the president of our country to take whatever action is necessary. This is why (…) the government as a whole is resigning, ”said Dmitri Medvedev.
This announcement follows Vladimir Putin's proposal to hold a referendum on reforms to the Russian Constitution to strengthen the powers of Parliament while preserving the presidential character of the political system that he has been piloting for 20 years.
"These changes, when adopted, and this will be done after discussion, will introduce significant changes not only in a number of articles of the Constitution, but also in general in the balance of powers, the executive, legislative , the judiciary, "said the Prime Minister during a television address in the presence of President Vladimir Putin, who thanked him for his work.
The main measure announced aims to strengthen the role of Parliament in the formation of government, giving it the prerogative to elect the Prime Minister whom the President will then be "obliged to appoint". Currently, the Duma confirms the choice of the head of state. According to Vladimir Putin, this is a "significant" change for which he judged Russia to be "ripe". The two chambers of Parliament are today dominated by pro-Putin forces and never oppose the wishes of the Kremlin.
Many questions about Putin's future after 2024
The reform proposals set out by Vladimir Putin also aim to strengthen the powers of regional governors, prohibit members of the government and judges from having residence permits abroad and oblige any presidential candidate to have lived through the Last 25 years in Russia.
These announcements during the annual speech of the Russian president before Parliament and the political elites fueled questions about his future after 2024, at the end of his mandate, when he never put forward a successor or expressed his intentions.
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