Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education



Front Page

World

UK

UK Politics

Business

Sci/Tech

Health

Education

Sport

Entertainment

Talking Point
On Air
Feedback
Low Graphics
Help

Monday, August 24, 1998 Published at 09:00 GMT 10:00 UK


World: Europe

Yeltsin in crisis talks with new PM

Yeltsin: Sacked Kiriyenko at weekend

President Boris Yeltsin has called on the Russian parliament to back his newly appointed acting prime minister Viktor Chernomyrdin as the man to tackle the country's growing economic crisis.

Speaking after his first meeting with the premier, who the president sacked earlier in the year, Mr Yeltsin also named Mr Chernomyrdin as his favoured successor in the 2000 presidential elections.

{ Video 1 Mr Yeltsin had returned early from his holiday after sacking his entire government at the weekend.

He met Mr Chernomyrdin at the Kremlin to discuss forming a new government to deal with Russia's continuing economic problems.

As the two started their talks, the rouble was down to 7.14 against the dollar while world markets remained edgy ahead of announcements over the restructuring of Russian debt.

Mr Chernomyrdin has already said that his first priority will be to take stock of Russia's financial crisis which led to the devaluing of the rouble.


[ image: Mr Chernomyrdin: Previously premier for five years]
Mr Chernomyrdin: Previously premier for five years
The meeting comes after Mr Yeltsin sacked his Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko, along with the entire government on Sunday.

Mr Kiriyenko, who was appointed only last March, had succeeded Victor Chernomyrdin.

After taking the helm, Mr Kiriyenko faced a Russian economy in a tailspin and had been fighting a losing battle to push reform measures through a hostile parliament.

State workers were also increasingly hostile towards the government as they continue to wait to be paid.

History repeats itself
The BBC's Andrew Harding: "It's not looking good for the rouble"
This is the second time this year that Yeltsin has sacked the government.

In March, he dismissed the entire government, which was led by Mr Chernomyrdin, and took over temporarily as prime minister.

Mr Yeltsin had criticised that government for huge delays in paying wages to state sector workers.


Russian journalist Alexander Nekrassov: Chernomyrdin could be after Presidency
Before being fired, Mr Chernomyrdin was seen as a loyal premier who served more than five years as scores of other Cabinet officials had come and gone.

Mr Yeltsin is thought to have sacked the government a second time to defend his position against growing political opposition.

The move was immediately welcomed by the Communist speaker in the lower house of parliament, Gennady Seleznyov, though he criticised Mr Yeltsin for failing to consult parliament over a successor.



Advanced options | Search tips




Back to top | BBC News Home | BBC Homepage | ©




Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia


Relevant Stories

24 Aug 98 | Russia crisis
Profile: Sergei Kiriyenko

24 Aug 98 | Europe
Viktor Chernomyrdin: Yeltsin's heir apparent?

23 Aug 98 | Europe
Yeltsin: Keeping the world guessing

24 Aug 98 | Europe
Dire predictions for Yeltsin

23 Aug 98 | Monitoring
Yeltsin's decree in full

13 Aug 98 | The Economy
Russia on the brink

21 Aug 98 | The Economy
Parliament calls on Yeltsin to resign

23 Mar 98 | Europe
Yeltsin fires entire government

15 Jul 98 | Europe
Analysis: Who really runs Russia?





Internet Links

Russian Government


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.




In this section

Violence greets Clinton visit

Russian forces pound Grozny

EU fraud: a billion dollar bill

Next steps for peace

Cardinal may face loan-shark charges

From Business
Vodafone takeover battle heats up

Trans-Turkish pipeline deal signed

French party seeks new leader

Jube tube debut

Athens riots for Clinton visit

UN envoy discusses Chechnya in Moscow

Solana new Western European Union chief

Moldova's PM-designate withdraws

Chechen government welcomes summit

In pictures: Clinton's violent welcome

Georgia protests over Russian 'attack'

UN chief: No Chechen 'catastrophe'

New arms control treaty for Europe

From Business
Mannesmann fights back

EU fraud -- a billion-dollar bill

New moves in Spain's terror scandal

EU allows labelling of British beef

UN seeks more security in Chechnya

Athens riots for Clinton visit

Russia's media war over Chechnya

Homeless suffer as quake toll rises

Analysis: East-West relations must shift