MOSCOW: The Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev Wednesday submitted his resignation to President Vladimir Putin following a series of constitutional reforms proposed by the latter, according to reports.
In a televised meeting with the Russian president, Prime Minister Medvedev said that “the proposals would make noteworthy changes to the Russian power balance and hence the government in its current form has resigned.”
We should provide the president of our country with the possibility to take all the necessary measures to carry out the changes, Medvedev added.
President Putin, however, asked Medvedev to continue with the existing Cabinet until a new one is formed.
“I want to thank you for everything that has been done, and express satisfaction with the results that have been achieved,” Putin told Medvedev.
Meanwhile, Putin also suggested Medvedev take the role of deputy head of the Security Council.
The Russian President has also proposed a referendum on reforms to Russia’s constitution that, according to him, would strengthen the Parliament.
Critics, however, say that the proposal to change the constitution would enable Putin to use Kremlin in a way that suits his office.
Putin has been holding President’s office since May 2012 and had served as the Prime Minister of Russia under President Dmitry Medvedev.
The Russian leader is also accused by the United States for supporting Donald Trump during the US Presidential election in 2016, which though was denied by him and Trump.