Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Changing places

Putin and Medvedev make the switch official and complete

Putin Steps Down as United Russia Party Chief
President-elect Vladimir Putin tried to distance himself from the fraud-tainted ruling United Russia party on Tuesday, announcing he was stepping down as its chairman…

Putin proposed outgoing President Dmitry Medvedev as its new leader instead…

Putin, 59, has also said that Medvedev, a longtime ally who led United Russia's campaign in the December election to the Duma, the lower house of parliament, will become prime minister.

"Since Dmitry Anatolyevich led the party in the State Duma election campaign, and since I will recommend him for the post of prime minister, I believe it is right for him to head the party as well," Putin said. "It is a global practice that the government leans on the support of the parliamentary majority."…

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