Russian parliament to review Putin PM pick after shock overhaul 1

Russian parliament to review Putin PM pick after shock overhaul


Moscow: Russian parliamentarians will announce Thursday comments on a radical constitutional reshuffle that has given rise to comments on the appointment of Vladimir Putin as a little-known tax commissioner as the new prime minister.

Following Putin for reforms to reform Russia’s political system and the government’s resignation in shock, the overwhelmingly loyal national Duma lower house of the Kremlin is likely to approve Mikhail Mishoustin.

A series of blockbuster announcements by Putin during and after his speech about the State of the Union have caused speculation about his role after 2024, when his current president expires.

It has been suggested that Putin, now 67, is now his fourth president and two years old and has led the country since 1999. He can lay the foundation for a new position or to stay behind the scenes as a strong player.

It is unclear whether Mishustin is a temporary figure or can be promoted to Putin’s successor, while Mishustin is a relatively vague technical expert who emerged from the political debate and whose recent career has been in tax administration in Russia.

The Duma states on its website that Mishustin will “consult” with four political parties represented in Parliament before the plenary session begins at 10 a.m. (7 p.m. GMT), during which time its candidates will be formally assessed.

“Keep First”?

In his State of the Union speech, Putin said he hopes that the president will hand over more power to parliament, including the power to elect the prime minister and senior government officials.

Putin outlined the proposals, which would be the first major change in the country’s constitution since its approval in 1993, and Putin referred to the “demands of the Russians for change.”

In Russia the frustration of people has grown, where the income of ordinary people stagnates or falls for five years, and a major reform to raise the retirement age has led to anger and a fall in Putin’s rating.

Dmitry Medvedev, who has been prime minister since 2012, announced his resignation shortly after Putin’s speech on Wednesday and said the constitutional proposal would significantly change the country’s balance of power.

He continued acting acting Prime Minister until the new head of government came to power.

Independent political analyst Maria Lipman said that all announced changes had shown Putin’s desire to “keep number one in the United States without competitors.”

She said he would deliberately weaken the presidency before leaving office.

The Russian opposition also said that the proposals demonstrated Putin’s desire to remain in power.

Opposition leader Alexei Navalny wrote on Twitter: “The only leader who keeps life and takes over the entire country as his property … is Putin’s only goal.”

When the 53-year-old Mishustin is appointed, he has a week to propose a new government and minister.

Former head of an engineer’s investment team, holds a PhD in economics and has been running the Russian federal tax authorities since 2010.

He also reportedly shared Putin’s love for hockey and has seen it in competitions with security department officials.

Former opposition member Gennadiy Gudkov called Mishustin “a non-ambitious new face player” that embodies a system that is “harmful to the economy.”

Medvedev – who has also been the Russian president for four years since 2008 – is expected to maintain a close relationship with the Russian leader and transfer to the vice-president of the country’s Security Council chaired by Putin.

“He is still what he has always been: (Putin) has changed myself,” said the head of Carnegie Moscow Center Dmitry Trenin on Twitter.

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