[QODLink]
Archive
Putin sacks PM ahead of polls

Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov's government.

Last Modified: 24 Feb 2004 16:56 GMT
Putin is virtually certain of his own re-election

Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov's government.

Putin, in what looked like a tacit acknowledgment that he is virtually certain of a second term after the 14 March poll, immediately signed a decree naming Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Khristenko as acting prime minister, a Kremlin spokeswoman said on Tuesday. 

One Russian political analyst said Kasyanov's dismissal had been widely expected and that firing the entire government was a technical condition for that - however, he expected little overall change on the assumption that Putin will be re-elected. 

"In accordance with article 117 of the Russian Constitution, I have decided today that the government is to resign," Putin said in a live television broadcast. 

"This decision is not linked to any assessment of the activity of the former government, which I believe on the whole to be satisfactory," he said. 

"It is dictated by a wish once again to set down a position on how policy will develop in the country after 14 March, 2004." 

Impatience

Putin has long expressed impatience with Kasyanov, who is associated with the former administration of Boris Yeltsin, for not proceeding quickly enough with reform and not producing
strong enough economic growth. 

Sergei Markov, an analyst at Moscow's Institute of Political
Studies said: "It is not the firing of the government. It is the
firing of Mikhail Kasyanov. According to the constitution, Putin
can not do it without firing the whole cabinet. 

"I think that the team of reformers headed by (Economy
Minister) German Gref will keep their positions...I do not expect any big change."

Source:
Reuters
Topics in this article
People
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
More than one-quarter of Gaza's population has been displaced, causing a humanitarian crisis.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Muslim charities claim discrimination after major UK banks began closing their accounts.
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Featured
Friends of Steven Sotloff, allegedly the second journalist shown in Islamic State beheading video, call for his release.
Cut off from bulk of Tunisia's economic development, residents of rural towns are creating their own opportunities.
Craft breweries see rising sales, challenging large corporations for a bigger taste of Mexico's $20bn beer market.
Questions of colonialism after Malawi opts for English as medium of instruction in schools rather than local languages.
Frustration grows in Kiev as pledges to end corruption and abuse of power stagnate after Maidan Square protest.
join our mailing list