January 13, 1997 in Nation/World

Lebed Still Lusting For Yeltsin’s Job

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As Boris Yeltsin battled pneumonia in the Kremlin hospital Sunday, his chief political rival declared his desire to be Russia’s new leader.

“I want to become president, and I will,” said Alexander Lebed, whose ambition for power had prompted Yeltsin to fire him as national security adviser last fall.

In a report by the Interfax news agency, Lebed said Yeltsin’s “poor health” could mean a presidential vote soon. He said he would be ready for such an election, boasting he has $250 million in his campaign war chest.


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