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Russia's prime minister and its entire government resigned on Wednesday as part of sweeping constitutional changes that could see President Vladimir Putin extend his hold on power.
In his annual state-of-the-nation speech, Putin said he favored changing the constitution to hand the State Duma, the lower house of Parliament, the power to choose Russia's prime minister and other key positions
originally posted by: rickymouse
I am having a hard time figuring what is going on there, the Prime Minister resigned but is taking a different job, probably why he is resigning. Parliament will need to elect the new prime Minister it seems. I do not know how they were doing stuff so I am not sure how the change will effect things in their government. Putin's actions actually give parliament more power, even during his four years he has left. That way whomever is president, including himself, is limited in their ability to declare war or become a dictator.
I actually see this as a possible positive move for Russia towards stemming of Dictatorship.
I could be wrong though, the information about this is vague and limited. It sounds like Putin is going to bring this change to the voters in the country, essentially creating a shift to democracy a little.
originally posted by: DISRAELI
a reply to: dashen
This could work two different ways, as your source is hinting.
On the face of it, it promises to make the system more parliamentary and less presidential, making the presidency more ornamental.
On the other hand, re-modelling the constitution offers a good opportunity to drop the term-limitation on the presidency.