Monday, September 7, 1998 Published at 14:13 GMT 15:13 UK
Chernomyrdin warns Russia 'near precipice'
Russians are feeling the economic pinch
BBC World Television is providing coverage of the Duma vote throughout the afternoon.
As the crucial debate got under way in the lower house of parliament, the communists, the largest block, maintained that they would reject Mr Chernomyrdin's appointment for a second time.
But despite last-minute talks in the Kremlin, the communists rejected the president's proposal and said they would reject Mr Chernomyrdin.
They proposed several alternatives, including Moscow's popular mayor, Yuri Luzhkov and the acting Foreign Minister, Yevgenny Primakov.
"We are near the precipice," he warned. "We are counting in hours."
The BBC Moscow correspondent Robert Parsons says Monday's vote is likely to be much closer than last week's, but much will depend on whether it is a secret or an open ballot.
If Mr Chernomyrdin is defeated, President Yeltsin will have to decide whether to submit his name for a third vote.
Under Russia's Constitution, a third defeat would entitle President Yeltsin to dissolve parliament and to call fresh elections.
Central bank chief resigns
Only hours before the critical debate, the chairman of the Russian Central Bank, Sergey Dubinin, tendered his resignation.
He said that one of the main reasons for his resignation was that the Duma had "shelved" important banking legislation, the Russian news agency Itar-Tass reported.
But BBC Moscow correspondents say that the resignation may be linked to attempts by Mr Yeltsin to enlist Communist support for the Chernomyrdin vote.