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Ex-head of the Republic of Dagestan Magomedsalam Magomedov turned over power on Thursday to Ramazan Abdulatipov who is appointed acting head.
The republic's parliament has unanimously endorsed Mukhtar Medzhidov as prime minister. He was vice-premier since 2009. Meanwhile, Abdulatipov said that many members of the government would have to look for a new job.
The new government chairman is 50 years old, the Rossiiskaya Gazeta notes. He worked for a long time in the banking sector. In May 2009, he was appointed deputy chairman of Dagestan’s government. Medzhidov was laconic, saying that the main work was ahead. He confirmed that managers, including young people, from other Russian regions could take ministerial seats. According to the premier, the average age of Dagestani ministers is 54, and the composition must be diluted with "fresh blood".
After the meeting of the parliament, Abdulatipov met with members of the republic's dismissed government, who are acting ministers for the time being, the Kommersant said. He gave a "home assignment" to them -- to list five main strategic deeds they did in 2012 and five deeds they planned for this year. "It will show how big are the matters you solved and plan to solve in the future," the head of the republic noted. He promised former government chairman Magomed Abdullayev "with joint efforts to find the use for his capabilities in the republic".
After that, Abdulatipov flew out for Moscow for talks with Vladimir Putin, the Moskovsky Komsomolets noted. Meanwhile, rumours are spread in the republic that many a priori have a negative attitude toward the acting head and even will try to put spokes in his wheels. "If to say about the visible side, there is no tension on the surface. During the meeting on Thursday, all joked, laughed -- idyll. But in reality, the situation will be extremely tense in the near future. Imagine, people have lost their places. Some ministers sat in their chairs for 20 years. They have everything settled, stable. And what now. They are asked to leave their office rooms. As you understand, they are unlikely to be pleased. I am sure, something will take place," the newspaper quoted a high-ranking source in the republic's government as saying.