Russian Parliament Approves Putin As Prime Minister

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Moscow (AP) Russia's parliament has overwhelmingly voted to make Vladimir Putin the prime minister.

Putin's confirmation in the state Duma today comes a day after he handed the presidency to his protégé Dmitry Medvedev.

The 392-to-56 vote caps months of maneuvering by the popular leader to maintain influence after stepping down from the presidency due to term limits.

Medvedev nominated Putin for prime minister shortly after he was sworn in Wednesday. Confirmation was certain because Putin's United Russia Party holds more than two-thirds of the seats in the Duma.

Russia's president has more formal power than the prime minister, but Putin's unprecedented move has left Russians wondering who will really be in the driver's seat.


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