Russian President Vladimir Putin is all set to shaken up the country’s constitution as he nears the end of his term, which expires in 2024. Putin, who executes power more like an autocrat, has ruled the country for over two decades both incapacity of a President and Prime Minister. He is now going to tweak things further strengthen his position in the coming years.
Putin, who is about to conclude his two consecutive terms as the president, made a dramatic announcement on Wednesday proposing changes to Russia’s constitution since 1993. To make way for the changes, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and the entire cabinet also resigned on the same day.
Medvedev called the changes ’balance of power, namely to the executive, legislative and judicial branches of power.’
Without giving out many details over the matter, the Tass state news agency said that Putin held a meeting, and thanked Medvedev for his work and cooperation. Putin, after his annual address, said, “For my part, I also want to thank you for everything that was done at this stage of our joint work, I want to express satisfaction with the results that have been achieved.” He added, “Not everything was done, but everything never works out in full.”
As per the new proposal, Russian lawmakers would get the right to choose their prime minister, who so far was nominated by the President. This move would shift more power from the president to the parliament. The new law stated that prime ministerial candidates would be required to win a majority vote in the State Duma (Lower House of Parliament) to form a government. But if parliament rejected the president’s nominee three times in a row, then he could dissolve parliament and call for new elections.
This transition of power from the president to parliament hints at Putin’s serious intent to step down as country’s president in 2024 and to take a position in parliament, which would let him hold the reins of the country even after his presidency.
As per the Russian news agency, Putin plans on to appoint Mikhail Mishustin, the current head of Russia’s Federal Tax Service, as the new Prime Minister.
Adeline Van Houtte, a Europe analyst at The Economist Intelligence Unit, reviewed the constitutional reforms and called it a move by Putin to put his loyalists in power as he “might be preparing to transition to a PM position with enlarged powers in 2024”.
Some political analysts also believed that Putin shocked the world with, what Kremlin was anticipating for some time now, in an attempt to blow up the system which he feared could be used against him.
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