Putin puts Medvedev candidacy for PM before parliament

After the swearing-in ceremony at the Kremlin, President Vladimir Putin formally nominated current chair of the Russian government, Dmitry Medvedev, to retain his post. The candidacy is to be confirmed by the Russian parliament.

According to the Russian constitution, the government has to resign after the inauguration of the president-elect. Putin didn’t wait long to suggest Medvedev as the head of the new cabinet, filing recommendation with the Russian parliament on the day he was sworn in.

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Medvedev served as head of Putin’s administration during his first term and later as deputy prime minister under Mikhail Fradkov and Viktor Zubkov. He was elected president of Russia in 2008, with Putin serving as chair of the government during his term. When Putin returned to the presidential office in 2012, Medvedev returned to the government and has been its head ever since.

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