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Putin’s party backs president’s choice for prime minister


Mikhail Mishustin, a former tax official little known both outside and even within Russian political circles, is set to be the nation’s new prime minister, having on Thursday morning got the support of the governing celebration.

Mishustin has been hand-picked by President Vladimir Putin to oversee a new federal government, charged with executing a variety of constitutional reforms that might see the Russian president remain in power in some form after his term of workplace ends in 2024.


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Wednesday’s shock resignation of Russia’s entire federal government followed Putin’s calls for widespread reforms to Russia’s power structures, with previous Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev stating the president was worthy of to have the type of federal government he desired while the reforms were pushed through.

Medvedev will stay in office up until his successor formally takes over, when the enduring Putin ally will begin a new role in charge of defence and security in Russia’s extremely prominent Security Council.

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Some analysts are suggesting 67- year-old Putin, who is 2 years into his fourth governmental term and has actually steered the country because 1999, might be laying the groundwork to presume a brand-new position or stay in an effective behind-the-scenes role.

It is unclear whether Mishustin, a technocrat whose current career revolved around the tax service, is a momentary placeholder or could be groomed as Putin’s successor.

But his approval loomed after the United Russia party – which holds 75 percent of seats in the lower home of the Russian parliament – offered its support on Thursday morning.

” We decided to unanimously support the candidature recommended by our national leader for the post of the head of government,” the head of United Russia’s parliamentary faction, Sergei Neverov, informed journalists.

Lawmakers are due to discuss and vote on Mishustin’s nomination at a plenary session at 11: 00 GMT.

‘ Remaining top’

In his state of the nation speech, Putin said he wanted more authority moved to Parliament from the president, including the power to select the prime minister and cabinet members.

He also called for the power of the State Council, an advisory body, to be expanded and preserved in the constitution – contributing to opinion that Putin might take it over after 2024 to preserve power.

Laying out the propositions, which would be the first considerable changes to the nation’s constitution considering that it was adopted in 1993, Putin said there was a “need for modification” amongst Russians.

He was set to satisfy on Thursday with a recently produced working group to develop constitutional changes.

A list of more than 70 names joining the group published by the Kremlin includes conservative public figures in addition to stars like star Vladimir Mashkov and pianist Denis Matsuev.

Independent political expert Maria Lipman stated the announcements suggested that Putin wished to “stay on as top in the nation, with no competitors”.

She stated he could be deliberately weakening the presidency before relinquishing the function.

Russia’s opposition also stated the proposals show Putin’s desire to stay in power.

Opposition leader Alexei Navalny stated on Twitter that Putin’s only goal was to “stay the sole leader for life”.

‘ Faceless functionary’

When 53- year-old Mishustin is appointed he will have a week to propose a new federal government and ministers.

He informed United Russia that some modifications in the cabinet would be made however did not sophisticated, legislator Viktor Vodolatsky informed Interfax.

Mishustin, the former head of a financial investment group who trained as an engineer, has a PhD in economics and has actually led Russia’s Federal Tax Service since 2010.

He shares Putin’s love for hockey and has actually been seen at matches with security services officials.

Former opposition legislator Gennadiy Gudkov called Mishustin “a new faceless functionary without aspiration” who embodies a system that is “destructive for the economy”.

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