The Russian Federation’s Parliament, the equivalent of the US Congress, will be receiving a supposed overhaul. The change began with the resignation of Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s close ally, along with the rest of the cabinet. Using his powers as president, Putin appointed a replacement for Medvedev, who took his new job as head of the Security Council.

Secondly, Putin mentioned details of the overhaul in his annual address. Changes he discussed including giving parliament more power, such as being allowed to select the prime minster. He also wants to end the ability for a previous president to be reelected after already serving two terms, a provision he took advantage of in 2012.

However, many say this restructuring is mostly a long term plan for Putin to keep political influence after leaving office. For example, his initiative to bolster the state council, a body responsible for advising the president, gives him a channel for brokering power even after leaving the presidency.

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