March 7, 1997 in Nation/World

Yelstin Promises Reforms

New York Times

After months of illness and seclusion, a visibly reinvigorated President Boris Yeltsin promised Thursday to clean house in his administration and speed up free-market reform. “The structure and composition of the government will be changed,” he said. “Competent, vigorous people will join it.”

He did not name names, but at least among reformers inside the government and out, his words were interpreted as a signal that the Kremlin chief of staff, Anatoly Chubais, would soon rejoin the Cabinet of Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin with a mandate to improve management of Russia’s imperiled economy.

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