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Medvedev vows to do utmost for Russia’s development, if approved as prime minister

May 08, 2018, 16:53 UTC+3 MOSCOW

As Medvedev said, he recently delivered a report in the lower house of Russia’s parliament on the government’s work since 2012

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MOSCOW, May 8. /TASS/. Dmitry Medvedev proposed for the post of Russia’s prime minister said on Tuesday he was ready to do everything for the country’s development, if the parliament approved his candidacy.

"I would like to thank President Vladimir Putin for the trust placed in me and for the proposal to become the head of the government. This is not only the trust but also huge responsibility and in case that the corresponding decisions are made, I am ready to do everything for the development of our country Russia," Medvedev told a plenary session of the State Duma.

As Medvedev said, he recently delivered a report in the lower house of Russia’s parliament on the government’s work since 2012.

"Today we are meeting on the eve of a great holiday - Victory Day. I want to congratulate all our citizens with the upcoming holiday. We are the inheritors of the generation of victors and our country and our people have the ability to win in the wartime and, what is no less important, in peacetime," the acting prime minister noted.

The candidate for the prime minister’s post stressed that "today we face a high goal - to achieve a qualitative breakthrough in the economy, in the social sphere, in living standards and in possibilities for every individual and in creating the infrastructure of worthy life and success."

As Medvedev pointed out, such infrastructure "is quite material."

"Those individuals are well-off who are not afraid for their future, for themselves and for their relatives. And this means a stable economy with low inflation and a low jobless rate, modern hospitals, kindergartens, schools, comfortable cities, good roads and clean air," Medvedev explained.

According to Medvedev, "a person is successful, if he has favorite occupation and has received qualitative education and this already refers to universities, technological parks and innovation clusters."

"An individual should have a chance to try his abilities in various spheres and in a way that there is no risk of plunging into poverty, if something goes wrong," the acting prime minister said.

As Medvedev stressed, "every person wants the state to respect him and wants to be heard every day - in his region, in each municipality; otherwise, the state cannot be either a reliable partner or an aide."

"Precisely such national development goals were set by the president in his Address to the Federal Assembly and in the decree that was signed and published yesterday. And the new government should act using precisely this logic," Medvedev said.

Four components 

Dmitry Medvedev described planning, financial resources, personnel and efficient mechanisms as key components for implementing the country's strategic guidelines.

"The President’s decree of May 7, 2018 and his address to the Federal Assembly set the strategic guidelines in general. The government's task, of course, is to fill them with specific content. In my opinion, the four required components are: sound planning, financial resources, personnel and efficient mechanisms," Medvedev stressed. 

According to him, specific tactical tasks and key indicators should be included in the main guidelines for the government's activities, in the forecast of the country’s social and economic development until 2024 and in 12 priority national programs.

"These documents will become a comprehensive step-by-step plan for the government for the next six years, and they should be ready within the deadline set by the decree, which is October 1. I believe that this term is more than enough for an in-depth analysis of individual, most complex issues," he said.

On Monday, the Russian government stepped down in accordance with the Constitution after the inauguration of newly-elected President Vladimir Putin.

Also on Monday, President Vladimir Putin asked the State Duma to appoint Dmitry Medvedev as prime minister.

The fundamental law requires the head of state should propose a candidate for premiership within two weeks following the resignation of the previous Cabinet. The lower house of parliament is obliged to make a decision within a week.

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