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Russia, government resigns after Russian president’s speech

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS)

Russia’s government has resigned after the country’s president, Vladimir Putin, proposed constitutional changes and said he should “organize the work”.

Putin accepted the resignation and demanded that Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev assume a new role as Vice President of the Russian Security Council.

At a meeting with the government following his annual address to the Federal Assembly, President Putin said he should “organize the work” of carrying out the duties expressed during his speech.

In response to Putin’s call, Prime Minister Medvedev said it would be right for the government to resign, “to enable the president to make all the necessary decisions.”

“As a government of the Russian Federation, we definitely need to give our president the opportunity to make all the decisions necessary for this,” he said. And in these circumstances, in accordance with Article 117 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the Russian government should resign,” Medvedev said.

In his speech, Putin suggested that a post of Russian Security Council vice president be created and that Medvedev be appointed in this post.

The president’s speech to the Federal Assembly is an annual event in which the Russian president announces his vision of strategic directions for the country’s developments in the near future.

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