Russia’s parliament may elect Putin PM May 8April 1st, 2008 - 8:51 pm ICT by admin
Moscow, April 1 (RIA Novosti) Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, is likely to approve May 8 Vladimir Putin’s candidature for the post of prime minister, its speaker said Tuesday. “The vote will take place during an unscheduled meeting of the lower house,” Boris Gryzlov said, adding that Putin’s candidature could be proposed May 7 during the inauguration of the new president Dmitry Medvedev.
Before the presidential election, Putin had said he would become prime minister if his long-time ally Medvedev won.
According to the Russian constitution, the cabinet is to be dissolved on the day the president is inaugurated enabling him to put forward a new candidate for the office of the prime minister.
After he is appointed, the new prime minister has a week to form a government.
“We all know that the newly elected president will put forward Vladimir Putin’s candidature [for prime minister],” the speaker said.
Gryzlov, who is the leader of the ruling United Russia party, also said his party, which holds a parliamentary majority, would support Putin’s name.
Meanwhile, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) and the Communist Party insisted that more consultations with minority parliamentary parties were necessary for choosing a prime minister.
The chairman of the LDPR, Igor Lebedev, said Putin would have to meet with all the factions regardless if he was “the president or just an ordinary worker.” The lawmaker added however that his party would nevertheless support Putin’s candidature as prime minister.
It has been widely assumed that Putin will remain Russia’s de facto leader, strengthening the currently limited role of the prime minister.
However, Medvedev said after being elected that he had no intention of redistributing powers between the president and the prime minister.
Speaking shortly after his election in an interview with the Financial Times, he said he was convinced his partnership with Putin would prove effective, and would not lead to a power struggle.
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