Putin announces Mikhail Mishustin as new Russian prime minister | ITV News

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Published on 15 Jan 2020, 23:04
President Vladimir Putin has named tax service chief Mikhail Mishustin as Russia’s new prime minister, just hours after the previous government resigned.

The unusual resignation of the entire government was done to allow Putin to enforce constitutional changes, it is reported, which would see future presidents restricted to two terms in office.

Putin himself is currently serving his fourth term, which ends in 2024.

Mr Mishustin, who is 53-years-old, has worked in the government since 1998 and has kept low profile while serving as the head of the Federal Tax Service since 2010.

Mr Putin’s choice of Mr Mishustin, who lacks any political weight, indicates that he will not play an independent role.

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