MOSCOW — Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev announced that a meeting of the Communist Party hierarchy, postponed for two months, will convene Tuesday to discuss personnel promotions and other matters, the official Tass news agency reported Saturday.
The 307-member party Central Committee is expected to remove Dinmukhamed A. Kunayev, already ousted as party leader in the Central Asian republic of Kazakhstan, from the 12-man national Politburo. Kunayev's ouster in December as leader of the Kazakhstan party and the appointment of an ethnic Russian sparked riots by ethnic Kazakhs.
Gorbachev announced the meeting of the party hierarchy in a speech to workers Friday, Tass said Saturday. The plenum had been set for November but was then inexplicably postponed in violation of established party practice which calls for two such meetings a year.
The most likely candidates for promotion to the Politburo to replace Kunayev are Moscow party chief Boris N. Yeltsin and Central Committee Secretary Anatoly F. Dobrynin.