08/31/1998 15:03:22 Russian Duma rejects Chernomyrdin as PM
MOSCOW, Aug 31 (Reuters) - Russia's State Duma, the lower
house of parliament, voted on Monday to reject President Boris
Yeltsin's choice of Viktor Chernomyrdin as prime minister.
Only 94 deputies supported Chernomyrdin in the vote in the
450-seat chamber and 253 opposed. He had needed the support of
at least 226 deputies. Yeltsin can now re-nominate Chernomyrdin
or put forward another candidate, and must dissolve the Duma if
it blocks his candidate or candidates three times.