Putin sacks Russian PM ahead of elections

Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed his prime minister on Wednesday, clearing the way for him to appoint a new premier who is likely to become the leading candidate in an election for president next March.

Putin sacks Russian PM ahead of elections
Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed his prime minister on Wednesday, clearing the way for him to appoint a new premier who is likely to become the leading candidate in an election for president next March.

Putin accepted Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov's resignation at a Kremlin meeting and did not immediately name a replacement.

But the respected business daily newspaper Vedomosti, in an earlier report on Wednesday, said Sergei Ivanov, one of two first deputy prime ministers and a close friend of Putin's, could replace Fradkov in the very near future.

Fradkov will continue on an acting basis in the post until the new premier is named and confirmed by the parliament. New elections for the State Duma (lower house of parliament) are scheduled to take place in December.

Reuters
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