Russia ruling party backs Putin’s PM pick aftershock overhaul

Moscow (AFP) – Russia’s ruling party backed President Vladimir Putin’s nomination of a little-known Tax Chief as the new Prime Minister yesterday, after Putin’s announcement of a constitutional shake-up fuelled speculation about his plans. The lower house of Russia’s Parliament is due to formally approve Mikhail Mishustin for the role, a day after the shock resignation of the government after Putin’s call for reforms to reshape Russia’s political system. The series of bombshell announcements made during and after Putin’s state of the nation speech triggered speculation about his role past 2024, when his current presidential term expires. More details in Thursday’s Borneo Bulletin