Vladimir Putin appoints new governmentMay 13th, 2008 - 2:07 pm ICT by admin
Moscow, May 13 (RIA Novosti) Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has announced his new government, keeping the main ministers in their posts and bringing in several former Kremlin aides. On Monday Putin proposed the new line-up at a meeting with President Dmitry Medvedev, who approved the appointments. The finance, defence, interior, and foreign ministers, along with several other prominent cabinet figures, remain unchanged.
Under a decree signed by President Medvedev, the number of deputy premiers has been increased from five to seven. Ex-premier Viktor Zubkov and former presidential aide Igor Shuvalov will be first deputy prime ministers.
Medvedev announced that Alexander Bortnikov, who previously headed the economic security department of the Federal Security Service (FSB), has been appointed as head of the FSB.
The five deputy prime ministers will be Sergei Ivanov, who earlier held the higher post of first deputy prime minister, Sergei Sobyanin, who will also be chief of government staff, Alexander Zhukov, who has been placed in charge of national projects, Igor Sechin, who will be overseeing energy, and Alexei Kudrin, who retains the post of finance minister.
The government will also have a new ministry of sports, tourism and youth policy, to be led by the head of the Russian Football Union, Vitaly Mutko, and a federal agency for CIS affairs.
Several ministerial agencies, including the Federal Agency for Industry, the Federal Agency for Construction and Housing and Communal Services and the Federal Agency for Public Health and Human Services will be scrapped.
Putin has dismissed Alexander Denisov as head of the federal agency on supplies of armaments and military hardware and equipment, replacing him with Viktor Cherkesov, who earlier headed the drug enforcement agency.
Ex-president Putin became prime minister on May 8 after ceding presidential powers to his handpicked successor Medvedev, who won the March presidential elections.
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