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Bashkortostan President Dismisses Government In Reform Move

Bashkortostan Republic President Rustem Khamitov at his inauguration in Ufa in July 2010.
The president of the Russian Republic of Bashkortostan has dismissed the republic's government and assumed the responsibilities of prime minister himself.

Rustem Khamitov called the move part of a larger reform of the executive branch aimed at ending overlapping responsibilities between the government and the presidential administration.

He said a new government structure will be announced within days, along with appropriate modifications to republican legislation.

Based on reporting by Interfax and ITAR-TASS