(UnitedVoice.com) – The Prime Minister of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, announced last week that the entire Russian government has decided to resign.
The announcement, which includes Medvedev, came after President Vladimir Putin announced new reforms to redistribute power so that the prime minister and Russian parliament would have more control after Putin leaves office.
Putin’s term is supposed to end in 2024, but critics believe that he might try to retain control of Russia after this by becoming prime minister. If this is true, it wouldn’t be the first time the Russian leader has pulled a trick like this. In 2008, he took over the position as PM to get around the constitutional rule that no one can serve two consecutive terms.
Although it might sound like the members of Russia’s government are resigning as a form of protest, that isn’t the case. During his speech, Medvedev made it clear that they are resigning to make it easier for Putin to make changes to the constitution. “In this context, it’s obvious that we, as the government … should provide the president of our country with the opportunity to make all the decisions necessary for this,” Medvedev said.
This is a scary move for a country that claims to be a democracy. Changing the constitution so that a leader, regardless of popularity, can stay in power, could affect not only Russia but other democracies around the world.
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