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Moscow mayor reappoints members of his old team to key posts

MOSCOW, July 24 (RIA Novosti) - Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov has reappointed several key members of his old team after dismissing the city government earlier this month, a City Hall source said Tuesday.

Luzhkov, 70, was sworn in as Moscow mayor for a fifth time July 6 after 15 years in office. According to city legislation, the mayor must dismiss his government on the day of his inauguration.

In an apparent move to keep his old team almost intact in a reshuffle, the mayor reappointed the finance chief, the food resources chief, the head of sciences and industrial policies, the consumer market and services chief, the head of land resources and his envoy to the Moscow legislature.

Earlier, Luzhkov reappointed three of his first deputy mayors and pledged to continue working for the benefit of the Russian capital and its population of more than 10 million people.

Luzhkov, repeatedly accused of corruption and known for his outspoken anti-homosexual stance, has presided over an economic boom in Moscow, a city with an annual budget of 700 billion rubles ($27 billion).

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