Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev has resigned, along with the entire Russian government.
Medvedev, who was considered a possible successor to Russian president Vladimir Putin, will resign immediately along with the rest of the Russian cabinet and become deputy head of the security council.
Dmitry Medvedev – seen by many as the only acceptable candidate to succeed Putin as a weakened president – just announced the entire Russian cabinet is resigning immediately. Medvedev will become deputy head of the security council, which could be a promotion or demotion.
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Putin on Wednesday proposed a referendum on a package of reforms to Russia’s constitution that would strengthen parliament, fueling speculation about his political future after 20 years in power.
The 67-year-old Putin’s fourth Kremlin term is set to expire in 2024.