Dmitry Medvedev confirmed as New Russian Prime Minister

Russia’s lower house of parliament confirmed Dmitry Medvedev as prime minister on Tuesday, voting 374 against 56 in favour of him remaining in the job he has held since 2012.

President Vladimir Putin, who was sworn in for a new six-year term in the Kremlin on Monday, had put forward Medvedev to be prime minister and asked lawmakers to support his nominee.He is expected to make changes in the current lineup of deputy prime ministers and department ministers.

As prime minister, Medvedev will be responsible for implementing the ambitious plan for Russia’s development that Putin issued after his inauguration. The plan calls for heightened efforts to diversify Russia’s economy, which is now heavily dependent on oil and gas exports, by strengthening the technology sector and boosting agricultural exports.