Putin appoints Medvedev as Russian PM
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree appointing Dmitry Medvedev as a prime minister, the Kremlin press service said, RIA Novosti reported.
Earlier today the State Duma supported the appointment of Medvedev, who during the last four years was president, as head of the government. As many as 299 deputies voted for his candidacy, 144 - against.
Thus, for the second time in Russian history, the former head of state became prime minister. Four years ago Putin after two presidential terms headed the government.
Now, the new prime minister must, within one week, to submit proposals to the head of the state on structure of federal executive bodies. Head of the Cabinet also submits nominations for the posts of deputy prime ministers and federal ministers to the president.