Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Another Prime Minister Resignation

Mikhail Fradkov resigned as Russia's Prime Minister today. President Vladimir Putin nominated a long-time associate, Viktor Zubkov, to be Russia's new Prime Minister. Zubkov was chosen hours after Fradkov resigned. Fradkov announced he was leaving his post so Putin would have "as free a hand as possible in making decisions" to create a new government in the presidential election in March and the parliamentary elections scheduled for December. Putin can not run for a third term as president. The Duma (lower house of Russia's parliament) will vote on Zubkov's nomination on Friday.

Read President Vladimir Putin's and Mikhail Fradkov's statements, "Beginning of Working Meeting with Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov" on the website of the President of Russia.

Check out "In Surprise Move, Putin Names New Prime Minister" from the Washington Post and "Putin names next prime minister" from BBC News.

Want to learn more about the Russian government? Check out the library's guide.

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