Russia's government resigned in a shock announcement on Wednesday after President Vladimir Putin proposed a series of constitutional reforms. In a televised meeting with the Russian president, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said the proposals would make significant changes to the country's balance of power and so "the government in its current form has resigned". Putin has asked Medvedev, his longtime ally, to continue as head of government until a new government has been appointed. He has also proposed creating the post of deputy head of the Security Council, suggesting that Medvedev take on the position. The reforms include giving parliament the power to choose the prime minister and senior cabinet members, instead of the president as in the current system.