After the resignation of the Russian government, the lower house confirmed Mikhail Mishustin as the new prime minister. As expected, the Duma deputies voted by a large majority for President Vladimir Putin's preferred candidate. 383 members of the Duma voted for Mishustin, there were no votes against, 41 members abstained.

The Russian ruling party United Russia had previously spoken in favor of Mishustin. "We have decided to unanimously support the candidacy that our national leader has proposed for the post of head of government," said parliamentary leader Sergei Werner.

Putin had proposed on Wednesday the Russian tax chief, Mishustin, 53, for the post of prime minister. The government of Dmitry Medvedev had previously resigned unexpectedly.

Speculation about Putin's constitutional reform

Medvedev had thus responded to Putin's announcement of a constitutional reform aimed at making changes to the political structures in Russia. Above all, the role of Parliament is to be strengthened, while the presidential system is to be maintained.

The announcements and the government's resignation had sparked speculation about Putin's role after 2024 when his presidency ends. Observers suspect that Putin's reform could lay the foundation for a new office or that it could later pull the strings behind the scenes.

It is unclear whether the trained engineer Mischustin, who worked as a civil servant in several authorities before becoming head of the tax authority in 2010, is only a placeholder or should be Putin's successor. The Moscow is an advocate of the modernization and digitization of Russia.

After his resignation as Prime Minister, Medvedev remains head of the ruling party United Russia, which holds 75 percent of the seats in the lower house - a sign that Putin's long-time confidant remains part of the system.