Putin Slides Easily to PM Slot

Unsurprising vote keeps Russia's power in hands of former president
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 8, 2008 12:20 PM CDT
Former Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with President Dmitry Medevdev in the State Duma, Lower parliament house, in Moscow, Thursday, May 8, 2008.   (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Dmitry Astakhov, Pool)
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(Newser) – After 26 hours out of office, Vladimir Putin was confirmed today as Russia's prime minister, the New York Times reports. Receiving 392 of 410 votes from the lower house of Russia’s parliament, the former president took the stage for a long speech on his plans for the nation—confirming his position ahead of new president Dmitry Medvedev atop Russian politics.