During his annual state-of-the-nation speech, Putin suggested changing the constitution to hand the State Duma, the lower house of Parliament, the power to choose Russia’s prime minister and other key positions. Following his speech, Russia’s prime minister and its entire government resigned.
According to the Russian News Agency Tass:
President Vladimir Putin thanked Dmitry Medvedev’s government for its work. “For my part, I also want to thank you for everything that was done at this stage of our joint work, I want to express satisfaction with the results that have been achieved,” the president told a meeting with the cabinet of ministers.
“Not everything was done, but everything never works out in full,” Putin said.