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Russia: Chernomyrdin Says No Resignations Or Reshuffles In The Cabinet

Moscow, Oct. 16, 1997 (RFE/RL) - Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin said today no resignations or reshuffles were considered in his government ahead of a planned no-confidence vote in the cabinet next week in the Duma. Earlier today, a leading Communist lawmaker, Viktor Ilyukhin, suggested the Communists might drop the motion of no-confidence in exchange for the ouster of First Deputy Prime Minister Anatoly Chubais.

Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov declined comment on Ilyukhin's remarks but told Itar-Tass the Communist faction would soon outline demands to be presented to Yeltsin. Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov, a Communist Party member, said earlier President Boris Yeltsin had agreed to meet with him, Chernomyrdin and Federation Council Speaker Yegor Stroyev on Monday. The Kremlin has not confirmed the meeting.

The Communists in the lower house yesterday postponed for next Wednesday a no-confidence vote in the government after a call by Yeltsin on deputies to avoid confrontations.