houston news, houston local news, breaking news in houston, houston weather at newscast media





















Dmitry Medvedev confirmed as Russia's new prime minister




by Joseph Earnest  May 8, 2012

Newscast Media MOSCOWFormer Russian President Dmitry Medvedev was confirmed as the country’s new prime minister by a majority of votes in the State Duma on Tuesday.

President Vladimir Putin submitted Medvedev's candidacy for the post shortly after his inauguration as president on Monday. Medvedev occupied the presidential post in 2008-2012.

Before the vote on Tuesday, Putin introduced Medvedev to the lawmakers as an experienced politician who stood behind crucial reforms in the country.

"In an open dialog with civil society, he began serious reforms, reformed aimed to improve productivity of the government apparatus, the law-enforcement and judicial system that could protect people and defend truth and justice," Putin said.

Following winter protests over the results of parliamentary elections, Medvedev pushed for liberalizing the law on political parties relaxing their registration requirements, and also campaigned for reintroducing direct gubernatorial elections. The proposals he made on Tuesday generally coincided with the decrees Puin issued May 7.

Putin also praised the former president for his modernization efforts and passion for technology as well as for projects to promote young talents.

After the complimentary introduction, the candidate prime minister took the floor and outlined an ambitious program for Russia’s further development.

To be approved as prime minister, Medvedev had to collect the majority of votes in the 450-seat Duma, which is at least 226 votes. United Russia, which earlier proposed Medvedev as its leader, holds 238 seats.

Both Putin, former premier, and Medvedev said before the presidential polls in March that they would swap their positions if Putin won the elections. Add Comments>>

 Source: RIA





       Find newscast media on youtube for houston news and local breaking news        get newscast media news feeds for breaking news, houston local news and world news.          Get our facebook updates on world news, houston news and houston local news including sports         Twitter

 Join the Newscast Media social networks

for current events and multimedia content. 





 Copyright© Newscast Media. All Rights Reserved. Terms and Privacy Policy