The Russian government is resigning as Putin proposes changes to constitution that would weaken the country's next leader

Business Insider | 1/15/2020 | Ryan Pickrell
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The Russian government headed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is resigning to give the country's president the ability to more easily reshape the constitution, he announced Wednesday.

The decision follows an a speech earlier Wednesday by President Vladimir Putin proposing changes to the constitution that would limit the power of the presidency, effectively weakening his successor.

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The Russian government headed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is resigning following calls by President Vladimir Putin to amend the constitution, the prime minister said on state television Wednesday, according to Russia's TASS News Agency.

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The decision comes after Putin delivered a televised speech earlier Wednesday proposing sweeping changes to the Russian constitution that would limit impose a two-term limit on future presidents and allow parliament instead of the president to choose the prime minister, moves that limit the power of the next president. He also suggested strengthening the power of the State Council.

Putin has been in power as either the president or the prime minister since 1999, but he will be required to step down in...
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