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Dmitry Medvedev, the prime minister of Russia and the entire Russian government have resigned after President Vladimir Putin proposed a constitutional reform that would allow him to remain in power indefinitely. Speaking in his annual address to parliament on Wednesday, Putin proposed a referendum on amending Russia’s constitution to increase the powers of parliament while maintaining a strong presidential system. “I consider it necessary to conduct a vote by the country’s citizens on an entire package of proposed amendments to the country’s constitution,” Putin said. He also suggested an amendment of the constitution to allow lawmakers to name prime ministers and cabinet members. “It will increase the role of parliament and parliamentary parties, powers and independence of the prime minister and all cabinet members,” Putin said. “We will be able to build a strong prosperous Russia only on the basis of respect for public opinion. “Together we will certainly change…