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Post time 2008-5-9 09:52:21 |Display all floors
Putin becomes Russian PM in leadership 'tandem'

(chinadaily.com.cn)

Vladimir Putin will retain a "key role" in Russia for years as prime minister, new President Dmitry Medvedev said Thursday, as the two men opened an unprecedented era of dual rule.

Hopes that the new era might usher in improved relations with the West took an immediate beating however as the US State Department announced in Washington that Russia had expelled two US military attaches.

Thursday was also marked by heightened tensions between Moscow and Georgia, whose president warned that the two countries had come close to war in recent days.

Putin was confirmed as prime minister by 392 of the 448 deputies at an extraordinary session of the lower house of parliament, the State Duma, one day after Medvedev was inaugurated at a lavish Kremlin ceremony.

Medvedev took over the presidency after Putin had spent eight years as president.

At Thursday's vote confirming Putin as prime minister, Medvedev said, "I think no one has any doubt that our tandem, our cooperation, will only continue to strengthen."

Putin "as head of government will play a key role in implementing" the country's strategy for development to 2020, Medvedev said.

The new president then listened as Putin, 55, outline plans to make Russia an economic and financial powerhouse, while improving social conditions.

Putin's move to the premiership completed a carefully choreographed transition.

Putin remains hugely popular among Russians who credit him with the country's economic revival on the back of massive energy exports and a newly assertive role on the world stage.

This has led many observers to suggest that he will be the senior partner in the dual leadership, which is unprecedented in Russia, where overwhelming authority has traditionally rested with the Kremlin.

While the division of power remains unclear, Putin focused closely on domestic issues in his speech, the traditional prerogative of the prime minister.

Laying out his vision for Russia through 2020 Putin called for lower taxes on oil companies, a battle against inflation and a boost to spending on healthcare and education.

"For us the vitally important task is to significantly increase the effectiveness and the stability of the national economy," he said, calling for improvements in productivity, infrastructure and the investment climate.

Medvedev was faced with major foreign policy challenges on his first full day as president as news emerged from Washington that two US military attaches had been expelled from Russia, although the cause remained unclear.

Meanwhile Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said his country had come close to war with Russia in recent days in a statement a Kremlin spokesman described as irresponsible.

Reacting to Thursday's events in the Russian parliament, some observers saw Putin's long, detailed speech and Medvedev's presence in the audience as designed to demonstrate that Putin remains the country's true leader.

"Putin behaved like he was head of state," said Yury Korgunyuk of the Indem think tank.

Medvedev is the youngest Kremlin leader for more than a century and, unlike Putin or most other members of Russia's ruling elite, he has no known past in the KGB or other security services.

Medvedev soon got his first taste of his vast new powers when a military officer presented him Wednesday with a briefcase that controls Russia's nuclear arsenal.

That power will be on display on Friday when Russia's Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missiles will be rolled through Red Square in a Victory Day parade that will feature heavy weaponry for the first time since the Soviet era.

Medvedev and Putin were to review the parade, which is being seen as much as an assertion of Russia's new military might as a commemoration of the end of the World War II.

Under the constitution, Medvedev has the right to fire his prime minister and dismiss the government at any time. Following reforms by Putin, parliament has been hugely weakened and provides little oversight.

However, now that Putin is starting a new career as prime minister and leader of the ruling United Russia party, that may change.

With two thirds of votes in the legislature, United Russia can in theory change the constitution.

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Post time 2008-5-9 10:02:00 |Display all floors
New PM Putin vows to curb inflation, cut taxes

Moscow - Vladimir Putin on Thursday took over as Russia's prime minister a day after leaving the Kremlin and pledged to curb inflation and cut taxes to make Russia a leading economic power.

Putin said in a speech to parliament presenting his candidacy that he wanted "single-digit inflation within a few years" as part of a long-term plan to make the country a global economic leader by 2020.

Legislators voted 392-56 to appoint him as prime minister, with the opposing votes coming from the Communist Party memebers, the only opposition grouping in parliament.

Dmitry Medvedev, Putin's protege who was sworn in as president on Wednesday, later signed a decree confirming the appointment.

Putin's appearance marked the latest stage of a carefully choreographed transition of power to Medvedev, the man Putin anointed as his successor.

Medvedev earlier presented Putin's candidacy, saying in brief remarks that his mentor would play a "key role" in shaping the country's development over the next 12 years.

"All these years we worked with him and continue to work together and I think no one has any doubts that our tandem will only get stronger," the new president said.

He then sat on the platform and watched as Putin took the rostrum for a 45-minute exposition of his priorities.

"First and foremost we need a robust macro-economic situation," Putin said. "We will devote the closest attention to all aspects of financial policy -- first of all to measures directed at reducing inflation."

Investors have said inflation is Russia's biggest economic problem, with price rises running at 14.3 percent in April on an annualized basis and growing fears of labor unrest.

In keeping with the delicate division of power between Putin and Medvedev, the new prime minister stuck to economic policy and did not stray into politics or foreign policy, his favored arenas when he was president.

Russia is in its 10th year of rapid growth and Putin said it would displace Britain this year as the world's sixth biggest economy based on purchasing power.

Putin called for lower taxes on the oil industry, which has complained that excessive duties are crippling its ability to boost production, but gave no details.

"Lightening the tax burden will be a significant stimulus for the country's business climate," Putin said.

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Post time 2008-5-9 10:23:13 |Display all floors
Originally posted by chinadaily at 2008-5-9 10:02
New PM Putin vows to curb inflation, cut taxes

Moscow - Vladimir Putin on Thursday took over as Russia's prime minister a day after leaving the Kremlin and pledged to curb inflation and cut taxe ...



Now Russia getting a 2nd chance after USSR...........not too many will be happy with it except China/Asia
What's on your mind now........ooooooooooooooo la la....Kind Regards

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Post time 2008-5-9 11:34:46 |Display all floors
How do you figure that one, Caring?

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Post time 2008-5-9 12:14:49 |Display all floors

Reply #4 renegadedog9's post

Mr. CaringHK pretending to be SUPER DUPER intelligent.


ha ha ha

(shhhh, Mr. CaringHK has an army of experts giving him all sorts of juicy information)


ha ha ha


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Post time 2008-5-9 13:22:55 |Display all floors
Originally posted by renegadedog9 at 2008-5-9 11:34
How do you figure that one, Caring?



Hi Dog9................i think you know every dog has it's DAY....................
What's on your mind now........ooooooooooooooo la la....Kind Regards

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Post time 2008-5-9 22:12:37 |Display all floors
Originally posted by caringhk at 2008-5-9 13:22



Hi Dog9................i think you know every dog has it's DAY....................


That is one of your funniest replies, caringhk.

Our Russian friends are going to have a very bright future under the new dual leadership of Puntin and Medevdev.
These two men are going to make sure that Russia becomes more powerful militarily and economically..
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You will reap what you sow!

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