Russia confirms Dmitry Medvedev as its PM

Moscow: The Russian State Duma (the lower house of parliament) on Tuesday gave its mandate to Dmitry Medvedev for a new term as prime minister.

A total of 430 lawmakers participated in the voting, with 374 voting in favour of Medvedev, while 56 MPs voted against, reported Sputnik International. There were no abstentions.

Medvedev’s candidature for the prime minister’s seat was proposed by President Vladimir Putin on Monday after the inauguration of his fourth term as Russia’s president.

The United Russia and the Liberal Democrats mentioned that they backed Medvedev.
Medvedev, 42, in 2005 succeeded Putin, becoming the third and youngest Russian president to take office, according to the report.

Later on, Medvedev became Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, when Vladimir Putin was elected the Russian president, on May 8, 2012.