- Russia’s entire government has reportedly resigned ahead of a constitutional change in the country
- There are reports that the constitutional change is being influenced by President Putin to carve out a new position of power for himself to stay at the helm after his current term as president ends in 2024
- Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian prime minister, has reportedly stepped down to allow Putin president room to carry out the changes he wants to make to the constitution
Russia’s entire government has resigned ahead of a massive constitutional shake-up by President Vladimir Putin.
The UK Sun reports that the development was influenced by Putin in a bid to carve out a new position of power for himself to stay at the helm after his current term as president ends in 2024.
Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian prime minister announced on Wednesday, 15 January, that on state TV sitting next to Putin. He said he would give the president room to carry out the changes he wants to make to the constitution.
Dmitry Medvedev is understood to be stepping aside to take a role as deputy head of the Russian Security Council to oversee defence and security issues.
Reports suggest that Putin is planning to appoint new members of the government himself, and has asked the outgoing government to continue working until they are in place.
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