Vladimir Putin, August 15, 2018 in Pyatigorsk. - Alexei Druzhinin / Sputnik / AFP
Between the renewal of his key ministers and the appearance of new names ... Vladimir Putin announced on Tuesday the composition of his new government. The president announced last week a surprise revision of the constitution and the resignation of his prime minister.
On January 15, he spoke of the desire for "change" among the Russians. Vladimir Putin has nevertheless decided to keep many of his trusted ministers: Sergei Lavrov and Sergei Choigou in Foreign Affairs and Defense, Vladimir Kolokoltsev in the Interior, Alexandre Novak in Energy or Anton Silouanov in Finance. However, it has changed many of the personalities in charge of social issues: Sports, Health, Education and Culture. So many sectors in crisis in the country. "I sincerely wish you success (...) the whole country has an interest in it," said Vladimir Putin during a meeting with all the members of the cabinet, alongside the new Prime Minister Mikhail Michoustin, according to remarks broadcast on television. .
End of mandate in sight for Putin?
Since his announcements last Wednesday, the Russian president has taken the run. A few hours after his speech, his Prime Minister for eight years Dmitry Medvedev, a man of confidence, announced his resignation. He is called to other functions. On Monday, the Kremlin published, without waiting for the conclusions of a working group, the details of all the constitutional amendments sought. They will be examined at first reading Thursday in the Parliament. According to the opposition, these proposals aim to ensure that Vladimir Putin will dominate the Russian political system after 2024, the date of the end of his current mandate at the end of which he cannot, in the current state of law, represent himself. .
The change of government and the constitutional revisions carried out in quick succession thus revived the conjectures on the political future of Vladimir Poutine, 67 years old. The amendments to the basic law provide, among other things, for an increased weight of the Parliament in the appointment of the Prime Minister, and strengthen the role of the Council of State, a body that is now consultative. For many analysts, Vladimir Putin organizes after 2024, leaving the maximum number of doors open to preserve his influence in the country he has been piloting for 20 years.
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