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The State Duma approved Medvedev as the new prime minister of Russia

His term will be the biggest in modern Russian history. The parliamentary opposition voted against him.

Dmitry Medvedev. A shot from the broadcast on the website of the State Duma
Dmitry Medvedev. A shot from the broadcast on the website of the State Duma

Deputies of the State Duma voted to appoint Dmitry Medvedev to the post of prime minister of Russia. 374 deputies voted for the extension of Medvedev’s powers, against – 56, including the factions of the Communist Party and “Fair Russia” in full force. The live broadcast of the meeting was conducted on the website of the State Duma.

To approve the new prime minister for the nominee proposed by the president was to vote a simple majority of deputies – 50% plus one vote. In this case, the party “United Russia”, which is headed by Medvedev, occupies 340 seats in the Duma.

(Updated at 17:47) : Putin signed a decree appointing Medvedev to the post of head of government of the Russian Federation.

The new prime minister’s term will be second for Medvedev: for the first time he headed the government in 2012. He will be in office as prime minister longer than all his predecessors from modern Russian history. Previously, this record belonged to Viktor Chernomyrdin, who headed the government from 1992 to 1998.

May 7, Medvedev outlined who will take the place of his deputies in the new version of the government. In the new team, deputy prime ministers-Anton Siluanov (first deputy prime minister), Vitaly Mutko (construction) and Olga Golodets (culture and sport) remained. This list does not include former vice-premiers Dmitry Rogozin, Arkady Dvorkovich and Igor Shuvalov.

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