Russia: Day After Resignation Of Medvedev Govt, President Putin Signs Decree To Appoint Ex-Tax Service Chief As New PMRussian President Vladimir Putin (Representative Image) (Thomas Peter/Pool via Getty Images)

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday (16 January) signed a decree to appoint former Russian Federal Tax Service head Mikhail Mishustin as the new Prime Minister, a day after the resignation of the previous government.

The decree released on the Kremlin website becomes effective immediately, Xinhua reported.

Putin also signed another decree on Thursday (16 January) to appoint former Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev as Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council, a newly created post in the institution headed by Putin.

Earlier in the day, the Russian State Duma, or the lower house of Parliament, approved Mishustin, 53, for the Prime Minister's post by a majority vote.

Under the Russian Constitution, Mishustin has to present to Putin the composition of the new government within a week.

The previous government headed by Medvedev tendered its resignation on Wednesday (16 January), shortly after Putin made an address to the Federal Assembly.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

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