PM Medvedev presents his candidates for ministerial posts to Putin

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has presented Vladimir Putin with a list of people he wishes to appoint as ministers in the new government created after the recent inauguration of the president.

President Putin signed a decree detailing the new government structure last Tuesday. The new cabinet has 22 ministerial posts instead of 21, as the Ministry of Education and Science was split into its two constituent parts. The Ministry of Telecoms and Mass Communications, which oversees the digital sector of the economy and the mass media, will be transformed into the Ministry of Digital Development. In addition, Russian trade missions abroad were transferred from the Ministry of Economic Development to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, in a bid to boost exports.

The number of deputy prime ministers, who oversee the execution of major national programs and whole sectors of the economy, increased from nine to 10. However, this did not change the overall size of the cabinet, as the additional deputy PM will combine the post with that of the finance minister.

Vladimir Putins press secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday that he expected the president to sign the decree on new government appointments later in the day.

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