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Official: Lebed Won't Get Economic Powers


Moscow, July 9 (RFE/RL) -- Russian President Boris Yeltsin's chief economic aide, Alexander Livshits, said today that Alexander Lebed, Yeltsin's new security chief, won't get the broad economic powers he has been seeking.

Livshits said full responsibility for economic policy would remain with Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin.

Lebed last week asked Yeltsin to grant him sweeping powers in economic and social spheres, along with broad authority over the army and police. He also suggested being made vice president, a post abolished in 1993.

Chernomyrdin has held the primary responsibility for the economy since he became prime minister in 1992. He responded last week to Lebed's demands by saying he would give up none of his authority.

Livshits said that Full responsibility for economic policy will remain in the hands of the Cabinet alone.
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