Putin Proposes Medvedev as Prime Minister

President Vladimir Putin proposed Dmitry Medvedev for the post of prime minister on Monday, the speaker of Russia’s lower house of parliament said.

Putin first put forward the idea of a job swap with Medvedev, who stepped down as president on Monday after four years in office, last autumn. Then prime minister Putin told a congress of the ruling United Russia party that he would back Medvedev for premier in the event of his victory at presidential polls.

Putin won a landslide victory at March 4 presidential elections marred by allegations of vote fraud.

Parliament will consider Medvedev’s candidacy on Tuesday afternoon. The vote would appear to be a formality, as Medvedev enjoys the backing of United Russia, the leadership of which he is set to inherit from Putin in June.


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