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Russia: Chernomyrdin Plans Cabinet Reshuffle

Moscow, 25 February 1997 (RFE/RL) - Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin said today he would reshuffle his Cabinet and he vowed to step up reforms.

The statement comes one day after President Boris Yeltsin strongly criticized the performance of his government, in particular over the failure to resolve the non-payment of wages crisis.

Yeltsin yesterday called for the names to be put forward of ministers who he said should leave the Cabinet in order to improve efficiency.

Chernomyrdin said today that Cabinet changes were being prepared and reaffirmed the government's commitment to reform.

A Cabinet spokesman, Igor Shabdurasulov, said earlier that the first changes could be announced on March 6. A government session is due to be held on that day to review the results of last year's economic and social policies and to examine current policies.