News 15 january — 18:19

Putin offered Medvedev new position

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Following the formation of the new government, Medvedev is expected to take up the newly created position of deputy chairman of Russia's Security Council, Sputnik informs.

The Security Council of Russia is a powerful consultative body which advises the president on national security affairs. Medvedev agreed to take up the new post.

Medvedev’s resignation followed Putin’s annual state of the nation address earlier Wednesday. During his speech, the Russian leader proposed amending the constitution to increase the powers of prime ministers and Cabinet members. The proposed move is seen as part of Putin’s efforts to carve out a new position of power for himself to stay at the helm after his current term as president ends in 2024

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