Fifth deputy regional development minister appointed

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A former presidential envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District, Kamil Iskhakov, has been appointed as deputy regional development minister, a spokesman for the ministry said Wednesday.
MOSCOW, October 3 (RIA Novosti) - A former presidential envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District, Kamil Iskhakov, has been appointed as deputy regional development minister, a spokesman for the ministry said Wednesday.

Iskhakov, 58, will become the fifth deputy regional development minister, and will supervise the Far East and Tran-Baikal regions.

His candidature was proposed by Russia's newly appointed regional development minister, Dmitry Kozak, a former special presidential representative in the Southern Federal District and perceived as a close Putin ally.

Iskhakov, who is also the former mayor of Kazan, the capital of the republic of Tatarstan, was appointed special representative to the Far Eastern Federal District in November, 2005.

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