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Putin confirmed Prime Minister

Donning a new role: Vladimir Putin addresses the Duma in Moscow on Thursday. He was confirmed as Prime Minister by Duma’s Lower House, a day after Dmitry Medvedev took oath as President.

Donning a new role: Vladimir Putin addresses the Duma in Moscow on Thursday. He was confirmed as Prime Minister by Duma’s Lower House, a day after Dmitry Medvedev took oath as President.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: AFP

Vladimir Radyuhin

He has turned Russia around: Medvedev

MOSCOW: Vladimir Putin was endorsed by Parliament as Russia’s Prime Minister on Thursday, a day after he handed over powers to his long-time ally Dmitry Medvedev.

The Duma’s Lower House voted 392-56 for Mr. Putin’s appointment. The core support came from Mr. Putin’s United Russia party, which has 315 seats, while Communists were the only party that voted against his nomination.

Presenting Mr. Putin’s candidacy, Mr. Medvedev said Mr. Putin had “turned Russia around” during his eight-year presidency and that he would continue to play a “key role” in implementing the country’s new 12-year programme. “All these years we worked with him and continue to work together and I think no one has any doubts that our tandem will only get stronger,” said Mr. Medvedev.

In his speech. Mr. Putin promised that Russia would overtake Britain as the world’s sixth largest economy based on purchasing power this year, and would become a global economic leader by 2020.

He vowed to curb inflation, lower corporate taxes and step up the fight against corruption. Mr. Putin’s appointment as Prime Minister creates a new power-sharing situation for Russia, in which a popular Premier who heads the dominant party will balance the President with his hitherto unchallenged constitutional powers.

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