“Of course these are very serious changes to the political system,” Putin said during his annual state-of-the-union address.
“It would increase the role and significance of the country’s Parliament … of parliamentary parties, and the independence and responsibility of the prime minister,” the Russian president said, adding a proposal for a nationwide vote on such changes.
According to The Wall Street Journal, “Mr. Medvedev will stay on as prime minister until the new government is formed, Mr. Putin said on state television. He added that Mr. Medvedev would be offered the newly created post of deputy chairman of Russia’s security council.”