Russian Prime Minister Resigns
Jan. 15, 2020
Jan. 15, 2020 to Jan. 16, 2020
Russian President Vladimir Putin accepted the resignation of his prime minister on Wednesday 15 January.
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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who served as a placeholder president in 2008-2012 to allow Putin to observe term limits, said in televised comments that he needed to resign in light of his mentor's proposed changes in government.
In his state of the nation address earlier in the day, Putin argued that Russia would not remain stable if it were governed under a parliamentary system. The president should retain the right to dismiss the prime minister and Cabinet ministers, to name top defence and security officials, and to be in charge of the Russian military and law enforcement agencies, he said.