Daily US Times, Moscow: The entire Russian government, including Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, has resigned Wednesday. The mass resignation took place after President Vladimir Putin proposed sweeping reforms that would weaken his successor.
Putin thanked all the resigning members of the government for their hard work. He added that “not everything worked out.” He opted to meet every individual in the near future.
The surprise announcement came after Putin proposed constitutional amendments that would strengthen the powers of the prime minister and parliament at the expense of the presidency. It comes four years before Mr Putin’s fourth term of office is due to end.
BBC reports that the ministers didn’t know the decision and it was a ‘complete surprise’ for them.
Putin invited Mr Medvedev to become deputy head of the National Security Council, which is chaired by the president.
Medvedev said the president’s proposals would significantly change Russia’s balance of power.
Under the current constitution, Putin would not run for another term. The Russian leader said in the parliament that there would be a nationwide vote on changes that would shift power from the presidency to parliament.
Putin is dominating Russia’s politics for many years. Putin was Prime Minister previously. Even when he was prime minister, Mr Putin was widely seen as the most powerful person. He was the power behind then-President Medvedev.
What else Putin say?
His key proposal was to shift the power to select the prime minister and cabinet from the president to the parliament.
Putin revealed a series of plans to increase the birth rate of his country. Russia, like several other eastern European states, has been struggling with a declining birth rate.
Last year he promised tax breaks for bigger families to encourage childbirth.
The country’s population has struggled to recover from a dramatic decline in the 1990s and Putin seems to regain it by anyway.
He announced welfare benefits would also be paid for children aged three to seven in low-income families, and free school meals will be provided for the first four years of school.
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