Russia's entire government resigned on Wednesday to make room for sweeping constitutional changes designed by Vladimir Putin to keep himself in power past the end of his term in 2024. The moves will push power away from the presidency after Putin's term is up and will carve out a new governing position for him to occupy.
The Tass state news agency said that President Vladimir Putin thanked the government for its work.
Putin has led Russia for two decades, alternating between serving as prime minister and president. The Russian constitution currently prohibits someone from serving more than two consecutive terms as president.
Alexei Navalny, the most prominent Russian opposition leader, tweeted that Putin is clearly angling to stay in power after his presidential term ends.
"The only goal of Putin and his regime is to stay in charge for life, having the entire country as his personal asset and seizing its riches for himself and his friends," Navalny said.