posted on Feb, 24 2004 @ 10:02 PM
Interestingly, something to note is that Putin's final term is due to expire this year or next year. The question is: will he relinquish authority
when his term expires or will he hold onto it?
The Russian Constitution allows for such "rights to dismiss" and being that this is an election year, I may need to look this up to verify, but I
think it is somewhat common practice for the entire Russian cabinet to 'resign' or be 'fired/removed' when a new or prior existing President is
re-elected; much like what the US President does when he takes over the office in his first term and then appoints his Cabinet. I also think that
Putin can reappoint them if he so desires or he has option to replace.
This may simply be something that has not been used very often, but Putin choose to excercise his 'right' to do so, for the first time.
I surely hope that this wasn't an unexpected fall-out from Putin dressing in his white, full military dress and then heading to a full-blown
military excercise, only to witness the failed launchings of two missiles go Pffftt.....
Let's hope not.....but it certainly raises the question of "if" he will retain power when his term does finally expire.
[Edited on 24-2-2004 by Seekerof]