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    NEW GOVERNMENT TO HAVE FEWER MINISTRIES - FIRST VICE-SPEAKER ZHUKOV

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    MOSCOW, FEBRUARY 27 (RIA NOVOSTI) - It is the opinion of Alexander Zhukov, first vice-speaker of the State Duma (the lower chamber of Russia's parliament), that a new government will have fewer ministries and departments, vice-ministerial posts will be reduced. He said this at a meeting with reporters on Friday.

    The goal of administrative reform will stand out before the new cabinet, Zukov said. "Reforms in the structure of the new government will be deep-going both as regards the number of ministries, departments and the functions of the new cabinet of ministers," he said.

    In his opinion, the main directions of work of the new cabinet will be the conduct of reforms in the social sphere, particularly health protection, housing facilities and public utilities, completing the tax reform.

    Zhukov believes that one of the main goals facing a new cabinet will be "the dovetailing of financial obligations of the state and its financial capabilities". It will most probably be a revision of the present legislation, he specified.

    Zhukov explained that budget alone is not enough to meet all the state obligations.

    "If all of the adopted laws are to fulfilled, one more budget is required," the first vice-speaker said.

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