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Russian PM Presents Cabinet Reshuffle Plan To Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev attend a meeting on the structure and members of the new government at the Kremlin in Moscow on May 15.
New Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has presented nominations for a new Russian cabinet to newly inaugurated President Vladimir Putin.

During a televised meeting with Putin on May 15, Medvedev gave no details about the identities of the proposed ministers, instead only handing over to Putin papers containing the nominations.

Putin, who served as prime minister the last four years, officially returned for a third presidential term on May 7, and Medvedev, who served as president the past four years, was confirmed as prime minister one day later.

Under law, the president must sign the new government into law after receiving it from the head of government.

Analysts say final approval by the president is a formality, as senior officials usually agree on the ministerial lineup far in advance.

Based on reporting by AFP and ITAR-TASS