Russian parliament approves Medvedev as PM

Russian parliament approves Medvedev as PM

Darren Sullivan
May 10, 2018

Putin signed a decree formalizing Medvedev's appointment soon after the parliamentary vote.

A total of 430 lawmakers participated in the voting, with 374 voting in favour of Medvedev, while 56 MPs voted against, reported Sputnik International.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended the ceremony as guests of honor, a year after only one foreign leader attended the parade.

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.

Putin spoke on Moscow's Red Square on May 9, addressing an annual Victory Day military parade two days after he was sworn in for a fourth presidential term.

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"We are able to be victorious both in war and peaceful times", Medvedev told the Duma, a day before Russian Federation celebrates over the Nazis with a military parade on Red Square.

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 and Medvedev first met in their native city of Saint Petersburg where they were colleagues in the mayor's office in the 1990s.

Medvedev's leadership has focused on the "modernization", and economic development of Russian Federation, and the decision follows Putin's announcement of a strategic development plan to guide Russia's economic and technological progress through 2024. He won March polls with more than 76 percent of the vote.