Russian government resigns as Putin proposes reforms that could extend his grip on power

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The entire Russian government is resigning, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced Wednesday, after Vladimir Putin proposed sweeping reforms that could extend his decades-long grip on power beyond the end of his presidency.
Putin thanked members of the government for their work but added that "not everything worked out." Putin added that in the near future he would meet with each member of the cabinet. The mass resignation includes Medvedev.

The surprise announcement came after Putin proposed constitutional amendments that would strengthen the powers of the prime minister and parliament at the expense of the presidency.

Taking power from the presidency and handing it to parliament could signal a power shift that has been long speculated about in Russia.
Putin's critics have suggested that he is considering various scenarios to retain control of the country after his presidential term ends in 2024, including the option of becoming prime minister with extended powers. Similarly, in 2008 Putin swapped places with the prime minister to circumvent the constitutional provision banning the same person from serving two consecutive terms.
 

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Putin calls for referendum on constitutional changes
President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday proposed a referendum on amending Russia's constitution to increase the powers of parliament while maintaining a strong presidential system.

"I consider it necessary to conduct a vote by the country's citizens on an entire package of proposed amendments to the country's constitution," Putin said in his annual address to lawmakers, without specifying any date for a vote.

"We will be able to build a strong prosperous Russia only on the basis of respect for public opinion," said the 67-year-old leader, who has been in power for the past 20 years.

Putin called for a boost to the powers of parliament, making lawmakers responsible for choosing the prime minister and senior cabinet members.
"This will increase the role and significance of the country's parliament," Putin said.

A president will not have the power to reject the proposed candidacies, Putin said, but will be able to later remove the prime minister and senior cabinet members.
"Russia must remain a strong presidential republic," Putin said.

He suggested that a clause limiting the president to two successive terms could be changed, but did not specify how.
In December, Putin indicated he was in favour of removing the word "successive" from the clause.
 

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"We will be able to build a strong prosperous Russia only on the basis of respect for public opinion," said the 67-year-old leader, who has been in power for the past 20 years.



A president will not have the power to reject the proposed candidacies, Putin said, but will be able to later remove the prime minister and senior cabinet members.
mugabe v2.0 incoming
 

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His changes literally prevents a Russian president from serving more than 2 terms and removes the "in a row" loophole so that the next guy can't do what he did.
And it gives more power to the parliament.

So how does this extent Putins grip on power?
 

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His changes literally prevents a Russian president from serving more than 2 terms and removes the "in a row" loophole so that the next guy can't do what he did.
And it gives more power to the parliament.

So how does this extent Putins grip on power?
Because he shifts over to prime minister and the next president can’t sideline the prime minister like he did.
 

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The headline is misleading, he is shifting power to the parliament away from the president. How is this "expanding his grip" as a president? Confirmation bias much?
 

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another Soviet revolution like Stalin/Gorbachev incoming?
 

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Post #3 says the prime minister can be removed by the new president.

Anyway he has been good for Russia. They are punching way above their weight. They still need some continuity going forward.
He's a wily politician and he's punching above their weight because he's the most experienced politician of the major powers at the moment. Maybe aside from China but then they're allies.

He's also a bit of a gangster though.
 
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