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Putin Reappoints Medvedev for Prime Minister

Putin Reappoints Medvedev for Prime Minister

Russia's house of parliament has overwhelmingly approved Dmitry Medvedev for a new term as prime minister. A total of 374 MPs backed Medvedev's candidacy while 56 voted against.

Serbian and Russian presidents Aleksandar Vucic and Vladimir Putin and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu laid wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow.

Putin ordered the revival of the participation of heavy weaponry in the annual parade in 2008, which was held days after he stepped down after eight years as president when he was barred from reelection by term limits. Medvedev had already spent the previous year working on the program.

Medvedev in turn thanked Putin for his support and said his government would work towards fulfilling new national targets Putin announced following his inauguration for a fourth Kremlin term this week.




The two leaders earlier today watched a Red Square parade marking the anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, with some of the country's latest weaponry on display.

Medvedev, 53, was nominated by Vladimir Putin to again serve as his PM, thus continuing with the tandem that has ruled Russian Federation for the past decade, although the office of the presidency is by far the most powerful of the two.

Putin has effectively been the leader of Russian Federation for all of the 21st century.

Putin then returned as president in 2012 while Medvedev became prime minister in a deal that the men said they had long agreed, disappointing those who had seen Medvedev as a more liberal figure and prompting mass street protests led by opposition politician Alexei Navalny.

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