Russian PM and government resign, Putin puts forward new candidate

Dmitry Medvedev, right, said that the government he heads was resigning to give President Vladimir Putin room to carry out constitutional changes. (Reuters)
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Updated 15 January 2020

Russian PM and government resign, Putin puts forward new candidate

  • Putin submitted Mikhail Mishustin’s candidacy to the parliament for approval
  • Putin proposes nationwide vote on sweeping changes that would shift power from the presidency to parliament

MOSCOW: Russia’s lower house of parliament said on Wednesday it would decide on whether to approve Mikhail Mishustin, the head of the Federal Tax Service, as Russia’s new prime minister on Thursday, the RIA news agency reported.
Putin submitted Mishustin’s candidacy to the parliament for approval after Russia’s government resigned unexpectedly. 

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday that his government was resigning to give President Vladimir Putin room to carry out the changes he wants to make to the constitution.
The unexpected announcement, which came shortly after Putin proposed a nationwide vote on sweeping changes that would shift power from the presidency to parliament, means Russia will also get a new prime minister.
Medvedev made the announcement on state TV sitting next to Putin who thanked Medvedev, a close ally, for his work.
Putin said that Medvedev would take on a new job as deputy head of Russia’s Security Council, which Putin chairs.
Putin asked for the outgoing government to remain at work until a new government was appointed.


Philippines reports 11 more deaths, 414 new coronavirus infections

Updated 15 min 54 sec ago

Philippines reports 11 more deaths, 414 new coronavirus infections

  • Total deaths in the Philippines had reached 163 and cases rose to 3,660

MANILA, April 6 : The Philippines’ Health Ministry on Monday reported 11 additional deaths and 414 new infections from of the coronavirus outbreak.
In a bulletin, the ministry said total deaths in the Philippines had reached 163 and cases rose to 3,660, while 73 patients had recovered.