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    MOSCOW, March 2, 2004. (RIA Novosti). Mikhail Fradkov, picked by president Putin for Prime Minister, arrived in Moscow from Brussels where he latterly worked as Russia's permanent envoy to the EU.

    On Monday president Vladimir Putin sent a letter to State Duma speaker Boris Gryzlov in which he, in accordance with Article 83 of the Russian Federation's Constitution, submitted Mikhail Fradkov's candidature for receiving a consent of the parliament's lower chamber to his appointment to the post of Prime Minister.

    Fradkov's candidacy was cited in the Kremlin on the day before during the second round of the president's talks with the leadership of the parliamentary majority in the State Duma.

    The Duma speaker and leader of the United Russia pro-president parliamentary faction, Boris Gryzlov, told journalists that the lower chamber would consider the candidature of Prime Minister on Friday, March 5.

    According to him, the consultations of the candidate to Prime Minister with all the four factions of the State Duma will begin on Tuesday.

    The State Duma must approve or reject the president-proposed candidature to the post of Prime Minister within a week.

    Within a week after the appointment the chairman of the government will have to submit his proposals on a new structure of the federal bodies of executive authority to the president.

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