In Russia, President Vladimir Putin has nominated loyalists to key posts in his cabinet.
Around three quarters of those named are said to be new faces, but old allies scooped the top jobs.
Pro-Putin Igor Shuvalov retains his post as the number two to Prime Minister Medvedev, with overall control of economic policy and Anton Siluanov remains as Finance Minister. Experts say that this is a clear move by Putin to retain a firm grip on the economy and limit Medvedev’s reform agenda.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Security Minister Anatoly Serdyukov also remain. Only two women feature in the new cabinet. Analysts say the new appointments do little to encourage reform.
The Prime Minister and President changed roles on May 7, with Putin returning to the Kremlin for the third time. The job swap has led to protests in Moscow, with anti-Putin demonstrators alleging fraud in the recent elections. The ruling party plans to pass a law to crack down on dissent with fines of up to 1.5 million rubles for those violating the law at protests.