"Putin has embarked on a sweeping reshuffle of Russia's leadership accepting the resignation of prime minister Dmitry Medvedev and proposing constitutional amendments that would enable him to hold onto power even after leaving the presidency in twenty twenty four in a surprise move. Russia's entire government said it would resign in full just hours after Putin announced plans for a national referendum. That was shift power away from a success to the presidency. The president is laying the groundwork and work because he prepares for a transition. In twenty twenty four the town analysts say will likely see him abandoned the presidency but remain Russia's dominant politician in in a beefed up role such as Russia's prime minister or in the government State Council instead the sixty seven year old has in effect ruled Russia since two thousand thousand him the longest serving leader since Stalin and what he plans to do in two thousand twenty four remains the most important political question in the country in a televised speech before senior officials Putin suggested amending Russia's constitution to limit a future president to just two terms in office. He has served four tightening residency requirements for presidential candidates and letting parliament choose candidates for prime minister and the Cabinet in effect weakening the presidency. Shortly after the speech Medvedev said that Russia's government would resign in full allowing Putin to appoint new new ministers Medvedev who also announced his intention to step down was appointed to a new position as the deputy chairman of Russia's Security Council which is headed headed by Putin Russia's media reported that government ministers were blindsided by the decision to resign"