Moscow, 19 November 1997 (RFE/RL) -- Russian President Boris Yeltsin will reportedly act to disallow deputy prime ministers from combining their functions with any other post.
Yeltsin spokesman Sergei Yastrzhembsky told the RIA news agency that the Russian president has accepted a proposal to divide the posts. He said the decision would affect all deputy prime ministers who hold another post, not just First Deputy Prime Minister Anatoly Chubais, who also serves as finance minister.
Earlier today, the parliamentary leader of the pro-government Our Home Is Russia party, Aleksandr Shokhin, said an agreement on the matter was reached at a meeting today between Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin and Duma faction leaders.
The Communists, who form the largest bloc in the Duma, have been seeking Chubais's ouster. They accuse him of receiving bribes in a corruption scandal masked as a book deal. Earlier today, the Duma passed a non-binding no-confidence motion in Chubais.