Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has resigned from government along with all of his ministers as President Vladimir Putin appears to be solidifying his efforts to stay in power past the end of his term.
The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Medvedev is expected to be appointed as deputy of the presidential security council, one of Russia’s highest bodies, while his ministers will stay on the job until they are replaced by Medvedev’s successor.
Putin’s term as president ends in 2024, but he is expected to create a new position of power for himself that will not be bound by Russia’s term limits. Medvedev, an ally of Putin, has served as prime minister since 2012, after previously serving as president.
The AP reported that Russian news agencies noted that Putin thanked Medvedev for his work as prime minister but chastened his ministers, saying that they had failed to fulfill their objectives in government.