The Russian parliament on Thursday endorsed Vladimir Putin's nominee, Mikhail Mishustin, for the role of prime minister following the resignation of the government a day before.

Mishustin, until now the chief of Russia's tax service, was appointed PM and takes over from Dmitri Medvedev, backed by 383 lawmakers, with 41 members of the state Duma abstaining and no one voting against the move. EFE-EPA