The principal ministers of the Russian government, from Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, resigned on January 15th Wednesday in a move designed to ease a constitutional overhaul recently proposed by President Vladimir Putin.
Medvedev’s resignation meant the entire ministerial cabinet step down too, but it’s expected to remain in place until a new government is formed.
The president accepted Medvedev’s resignation and said he would appoint his longtime loyalist to the Russian Security Council.
The surprising mass resignation, which Medvedev announced during a meeting of the ministers in Moscow, came not long after Putin put forward a package of proposed constitutional amendments in his annual state of the nation address..
Medvedev said he resigned because the constitutional changes, when passed, will affect the balance of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government“ In this context, it is obvious that we as the government should allow our country’s president to make all necessary decisions before that,” Medvedev added.
Putin also nominated Mikhail Mishustin, head of the Federal Tax Service, to replace Medvedev as prime minister, according to Russia’s state-run Tass news agency.