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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev resigns

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and the entire Russian government is stepping down after President Vladimir Putin proposed constitutional reforms that would weaken his successor.

The move could signal a power shift as the president will not be able to reject parliament’s choice of prime minister, deputy prime ministers and federal ministers in future administrations.

Putin’s critics have suggested that he is considering various scenarios to remain in power after 2024, including the option of becoming prime minister with extended powers. Russian President asked Medvedev’s Cabinet to keep working until the new Cabinet is formed.