'I have always been in favor of the American system of government where the president is also head of the Cabinet,' President of the Politics Foundation Vyacheslav Nikonov announced on Echo Moskvi radio station. He believes this 'would be the best model for Russia as well.' He said that in the given situation 'the best decision for Mr Putin and for the country as a whole would be for him to propose himself as the best candidate for prime minister. The Russian constitution does not say this is forbidden. There is certainly no mention anywhere that the president can not become prime minister.'