Russia’s cabinet resigned on Wednesday in a surprise announcement after a number of constitutional reforms were announced by President Vladimir Putin.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in a televised meeting with the Russian president that the plans would make significant changes to the balance of power of the country and that “the government has resigned in its current form.”
“We will give our country’s president the opportunity to take all necessary measures” to implement the changes, Medvedev said.
“The president will take all further decisions,” Putin asked Medvedev, his long-time ally, to remain as head of government until the appointment of a new government.
“I want to thank you for all that’s been accomplished, to show satisfaction with the performance achieved,” Putin said.
He also suggested that the post of deputy head of the Security Council be established, implying that Medvedev would take the position.
Earlier Wednesday Putin suggested a referendum on a reform package to Russia’s constitution that would strengthen the position of parliament.
The changes would include granting Parliament the right to appoint the Prime Minister and senior members of the cabinet instead of the President