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Prime Minister Vladimir Putin may dissolve his ruling party and create a new power base after next month’s presidential vote, according to two people familiar with the plans.
Originally posted by Xcathdra
Interesting... I think it has more to do with how unpopular he is right now. There are reports of massive voter fraud during the last parliamentary elections with the bulk of the fraud leveled at Putin's party. This simply might be a way for Putin to change the channel without changing the programming so to speak.
Its also possible he may be setting the stage for a massive shift in how the government is set up.
Either way I think this has more to do with Putin consolidating / keeping power than it is anything else.