Russian Cabinet resigns after Medvedev’s inauguration

May 7th, 2008 - 9:17 pm ICT by admin  

RIA Novosti
Moscow, May 7 (RIA Novosti) Russia’s Viktor Zubkov-led cabinet has tendered its resignation as new president Dmitry Medvedev took office Wednesday. According to the Russian constitution, the prime minister and his cabinet automatically resign as soon as a president is elected or re-elected.

After the cabinet’s resignation, the president has two weeks to propose a candidate for the prime minister’s post.

The new president, immediately after his inauguration, named his predecessor Vladimir Putin for the office of the prime minister. The candidature of the prime minister is to be approved by the Russian parliament.

Putin is expected to become prime minister May 8.

Forty-two-year old Medvedev was nominated as a presidential candidate by the ruling United Russia party and swept the March 2 election.
RIA Novosti

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