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Medvedev and Putin began to form a future government

March 11, 2012, 12:32 UTC+3

A new makeup of the government will be made public not earlier than the presidential inauguration

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Incumbent Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and President Elect Vladimir Putin began to discuss the makeup of a future government in an informal atmosphere in Sochi. No final decisions were made and no potential candidates were summoned for talks. A new makeup of the government will be made public not earlier than the presidential inauguration.

The tandem got used to determine the fate of the country in the informal atmosphere, the RBC daily notes. The tandem has made the decision that Vladimir Putin, but not Dmitry Medvedev will be a presidential candidate, when they went fishing on the Volga River in the Astrakhan Region. To decide on the makeup of a government the members of the tandem went to Krasnaya Polyana in intervals between the Alpine ski vacations. The Kremlin noted to the RBC daily only the members of the tandem are participating in the consultations. No potential candidates for members of the government were summoned for talks.

On the eve of this meeting Medvedev chaired a meeting, which was devoted to the economic development of the country, the Rossiiskaya Gazeta writes. Putin named as the main task for the future is to keep the macroeconomic figures, which had been achieved in the last few years, even despite critical tendencies in the world. Moreover, the formulated social tasks can be resolved only thanks to further economic growth.

Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev began to form a new government, the Kommersant daily notes, Putin said on the eve of the International Women’s Day. The formation of the new government will be linked with the conclusions made by a working group, which will work out initiatives on ten guidelines of the state policy, some of which should be envisaged in the program of a new prime minister. On March 14, Dmitry Medvedev will receive the first results of the conclusions over ‘the personnel potential’ for a new state administrative system, which envisages a broad participation of the civil society.

The president elect and a future prime minister already reiterated that the government will be subject to radical reshuffles, the newspaper notes. Experts already forecast the replacement of almost the entire incumbent Cabinet and probably some changes in its structure, the newspaper notes. Meanwhile, this can be called traditional intentions during the election campaign.

The team of the future president is already more formed than the government, the Kommersant daily notes. On March 7, Vladimir Putin stated that Sergei Ivanov will continue to head the presidential staff, because the future president is acquainted with him “long ago and knows him as a very experienced person.” The chances to retain the post are high for first deputy head of the presidential staff Vyacheslav Volodin, which is considered one of the main architects of Putin’s victory at the presidential elections. In particular, this means that Volodin will get an opportunity to continue a reform in the Presidential Domestic Policy Directorate.

The reshuffles continue. Kommersant sources close to the presidential staff affirmed that it was reported about the dismissal of Ivan Demidov, one of deputies of the head of the Presidential Domestic Policy Directorate in charge of public associations and religious organizations.


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