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Putin proposes little-known tax chief for prime minister

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 08, 2018 Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev attend an Orthodox Easter ceremony in Moscow. – Russia’s government resigned in a shock announcement on January 15, 2020 after President Vladimir Putin proposed a series of constitutional reforms. In a televised meeting with the Russian president, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said the proposals would make significant changes to the country’s balance of power and so “the government in its current form has resigned”. (Photo by Alexander NEMENOV / AFP)

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday proposed the little-known head of Russia’s tax service Mikhail Mishustin for the post of prime minister, the Kremlin said in a statement.

The proposal to appoint 53-year-old Mishustin, a relatively obscure figure who has run the service since 2010, came after the surprise resignation of Dmitry Medvedev following Putin’s proposal of a package of constitutional reforms.

The two met in the Kremlin were Putin “suggested to him that he take the post of the head of government” which he accepted, the Kremlin said.

Mishustin will face a vote of approval in the Russian parliament within a week.

The chief of the parliamentary faction of the ruling United Russia party, Sergei Neverov, told Russian news agencies it would review Mishustin’s candidacy on Thursday morning, but it was not immediately clear when the State Duma plans to hold the vote.

Mishustin worked in the information technology industry in the 1990s before beginning his career in the Federal Tax Service in 1998.

He also ran the UFG investment group from 2008 until his appointment to head the tax service in 2010, according to his official biography.


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