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Russia: Yeltsin Announces New Government

Moscow, 15 August 1996 (RFE/RL) -- Russian President Boris Yeltsin today named his new government, which is drawn mainly from members of his previous team.

Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin, who was reappointed Saturday, will head the government.

Chernomyrdin said he will pursue more active social policies and set up and strengthen new market institutions. He said the government was being pared down to cut back on bureaucracy.

One key newcomer is Vladimir Potanin, former Oneximbank president, who will join the government as first deputy prime minister in charge of macroeconomic policy.

Alexander Livshits, Yeltsin's long time top economic adviser, was named finance minister and deputy prime minister.

The Kremlin said Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov, Defense Minister Igor Rodionov, Interior Minister Anatoly Kulikov and Economics Minister Yevgeny Yasin all retained their posts.