THE HAGUE, Netherlands (PNN) - January 15, 2021 – Russia’s entire government has resigned as President Vladimir Putin plans a massive constitutional shake up.
The shock move is seen as part of Putin’s efforts to carve out a new position of power for himself to stay at the helm after his current term as president ends in 2024.
It was announced today by the president’s right-hand man, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who said it would give Putin room to carry out the changes he wants to make to the Constitution.
The unexpected revelation came shortly after Putin proposed a nationwide vote on sweeping changes that he said would shift power from the presidency to Parliament.
Also, the Dutch government has quit over the “colossal stain” of a tax subsidy scandal.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s government resigned on Friday, accepting responsibility for wrongful accusations of fraud by the tax authorities that drove thousands of families to financial ruin, often on the basis of ethnicity.
The Cabinet would remain in place for now in a caretaker capacity to manage the coronavirus crisis, Rutte said. He then rode his bike to King Willem-Alexander’s 17th Century baroque Huis Ten Bosch palace in The Hague to discuss his resignation.
Both given reasons seem perfectly reasonable. But the timing seems mighty strange.