Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev declared Wednesday that the entire Russian government is resigning, after Vladimir Putin has initiated sweeping reforms that could prolong his decades-long grip on power beyond the end of his presidency.
The surprise announcement came after Putin proposed constitutional amendments that would, at the expense of the presidency, boost the powers of the prime minister and parliament.
His main idea is to transfer power from the president to Parliament to pick the prime minister and cabinet. Conferring power to approve the candidacy of the Prime Minister to the State Duma, and then, on the request of the Prime Ministers, to all the Deputy Prime Ministers and federal ministers, Putin said.
The current constitution allows the president to obtain consent from the lower house of parliament to designate the head of government, and it is within the presidential privileges to nominate all subordinates and ministers afterwards.