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Russia's Putin confirms Mishustin as new prime minister

Mikhail Mishustin, who was confirmed as Russian Prime Minister by the lower house of parliament, shakes hands with State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin during a session of the State Duma in Moscow, Russia January 16, 2020. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday signed a decree appointing Mikhail Mishustin as prime minister, shortly after the former head of the tax service won the backing of parliament.

Mishustin’s elevation is part of a sweeping shake-up of the political system announced by Putin on Wednesday, which led to the resignation of Dmitry Medvedev as prime minister along with his government.

Reporting by Maria Kiselyova, Writing by Alexander Marrow; Editing by Gareth Jones