Yeltsin Returns Home After Two-Month Recovery
Two months after he was hospitalized with heart trouble, President Boris Yeltsin returned home on Tuesday in time to celebrate the New Year with his family.
Later Tuesday Yeltsin met at his country home with Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin, reportedly to discuss a possible Cabinet shuffle following the Communists’ success in parliamentary elections.
Yeltsin, who spent the past month recuperating in a health resort outside Moscow, has looked vigorous during several television appearances recently.
The 64-year-old president was hospitalized Oct. 26 with acute ischemia for the second time this year. The condition restricts blood flow to the heart.
On Nov. 27, Yeltsin moved to the sprawling sanitarium in Barvikha, 12 miles west of Moscow.
Yeltsin has reacted calmly to his Communist opponents’ strong showing in Dec. 17 parliament elections, and vowed that the country would keep the course of democratic and free-market reforms.
But he took new steps Tuesday to appease criticism of his foreign policy by creating a new Foreign Policy Council.
Communists and nationalists who scored big in the elections have long opposed the pro-Western stance of Yeltsin’s Foreign Ministry.
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