Putin proposes Medvedev as Prime Minister

Last Updated: Mon, May 07, 2012 13:09 hrs

Moscow: President Vladimir Putin proposed Dmitry Medvedev for the post of prime minister Monday, the speaker of Russia's lower house of parliament said.

Putin first put forward the idea of a job swap with Medvedev, who stepped down as president Monday after four years in office, last autumn. Then prime minister Putin told a congress of the ruling United Russia party that he would back Medvedev for premier in the event of his victory at presidential polls.

Putin won a landslide victory at the March 4 presidential elections marred by allegations of vote fraud.

Parliament will consider Medvedev's candidacy Tuesday afternoon. The vote would appear to be a formality, as Medvedev enjoys the backing of United Russia, the leadership of which he is set to inherit from Putin in June.

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