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Russia's parliament to consider new PM's candidacy on Thursday: RIA

FILE PHOTO: Head of Russia's Federal Taxation Service Mikhail Mishustin attends a meeting with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Russia November 21, 2019. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s lower house of parliament said on Wednesday it would decide on whether to approve Mikhail Mishustin, the head of the Federal Tax Service, as Russia’s new prime minister on Thursday, the RIA news agency reported.

Putin submitted Mishustin’s candidacy to the parliament for approval after Russia’s government resigned unexpectedly earlier on Wednesday.

Reporting by Maria Tsvetkova; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Alison Williams

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