Putin names new Russian Cabinet

Putin names new Russian Cabinet

Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced a new Cabinet, warning that it will have to fulfil its duties in a difficult global economic climate.

Mr Putin, who won a third term in March’s election, said that the new Cabinet - led by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev – should continue the course set in previous years.

Mr Medvedev stepped down as president to allow Mr Putin to reclaim the top job. Mr Putin served as the premier for four years after having to relinquish his presidency after two terms due to limits.

Many members of the old Cabinet have retained their seats, including Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov and Finance Minister Anton Siluanov.

Politicians in charge of the health, education, and interior ministries are to be replaced after facing strong public criticism.

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