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Russia's government resigns after Putin's speech

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | January 15, 2020
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced that his government would resign during a cabinet meeting with the Russian president, Russian news agencies reported.
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The Russian government resigned as part of a reshuffle following President Vladimir Putin's speech on the state of the nation.

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Medvedev has been offered a new position within the Russian government as vice-chairman of the Security Council.

The resignation announcement came after Putin delivered an address in which he spoke about constitutional reforms, including suggesting government ministers be approved by the State Duma.

Putin also said he agreed that the same person should not hold the office of President for two consecutive terms, adding that he thought the president should still be able to determine the "priorities" of the government and be able to remove ministers.

Putin's term will end in 2024 and experts are now speculating on his future plans. Medvedev could be a potential successor as he previously served as president after the end of Putin's last consecutive terms.

President Vladimir Putin thanked Dmitry Medvedev’s government for its work. "For my part, I also want to thank you for everything that was done at this stage of our joint work, I want to express satisfaction with the results that have been achieved," the president told a meeting with the cabinet of ministers.

The Russian leader noted that soon he planned to meet with all ministers of Medvedev’s government. "I will meet with each of you," Putin assured.