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WORLD : Soviet Premier Rebuffed on Cabinet

June 27, 1989|From Times wire services

MOSCOW — Premier Nikolai I. Ryzhkov agreed today to withdraw the names of six of his Cabinet choices who were not endorsed by legislative committees, marking the first time in Soviet history that a Parliament has rejected high government candidates.

Ryzhkov, acknowledging that the revamped Supreme Soviet had turned down nearly half of his proposed 13-member Cabinet, told the newly emboldened lawmakers that he would nominate other people for the senior posts, Tass press agency said.

The rejected candidates included two present Cabinet members Ryzhkov had wanted to remain on the job, Culture Minister Vasily Zakharov and Marat Gramov, chairman of the State Committee for Physical Culture and Sports.

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