Medvedev secures new mandate as Russian PM

Moscow: Dmitry Medvedev secured a fresh term as Russian prime minister on Tuesday, as the lower house of parliament voted overwhelmingly for President Vladimir Putin’s long-term ally to retain his post.
“I am ready to do everything for the development of our country,” Medvedev said ahead of the vote in the State Duma, which Putin also attended.
A total of 374 MPs backed Medvedev’s candidacy while 56 voted against. The ruling United Russia party and the ultra-nationalist LDPR party backed Medvedev, while the Communist and Just Russia parties said they opposed his candidacy.
Medvedev served a term as president from 2008 to 2012 before standing aside to become prime minister while Putin returned to the Kremlin.
Putin praised Medvedev in a speech ahead of the vote.
“All that has been accomplished in recent years creates a solid basis for moving forward,” Putin said.
He praised Medvedev for working “thoroughly, professionally and honestly” over the last six years during what he said was a “difficult” period for Russia.