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Seleznyov Says Duma to Confirm Chernomyrdin As PM

Moscow, July 4 (RFE/RL) -- The Communist speaker of Russia's State Duma says he expects the lower house of the Russian parliament to reconfirm Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin in office.

Gennady Seleznyov told Itar-Tass he is sure the Duma will confirm Chernomyrdin, President Boris Yeltsin's Prime Minister since 1992.

Chernomyrdin told a news conference earlier today that Yeltsin has instructed him to form a new government. He said there will be room in his team "for all those who want to work actively."

According to Russian law, the cabinet steps down after a new president is elected. A new prime minister, choosen by the president, must be confirmed by parliament.

Seleznyov said some sort of coalition government is essential for Russia to create civic accord. He said this should include " a cabinet of professionals" selected regardless of which political party they belong to.