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Russian Prime Minister Resigns After Government Shake Up

Dmitri A. Medvedev, Prime Minister of Russia, submitted his resignation on Wednesday after Putin proposes changes to government polity.

Medvedev served as Prime Minister since 2012.  Medvedev, who was a strong ally to President Vladimir Putin, served for one term, from 2008 to 2012. Putin then retook office and was re-elected for a second term, the following year.  

Medvedev’s resignation occurred shortly after President Vladimir Putin’s state-of-the-nation address, where he proposed several changes to the constitution. 

Ultimately, these changes restructure the government and give more power to the parliament.  Amongst these changes, are shifting the power of electing a prime minister to parliament, rather than the President. Many see this as a clear political move on behalf of Vladimir Putin, which would allow him to continue having political control through a different capacity, once his term ends in 2024. 
 
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