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    FUTURE PRIME MINISTER MUST SOLVE 3 STRATEGIC TASKS

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    MOSCOW, March 2, 2004. (RIA Novosti) - State Duma Speaker Boris Gryzlov confirmed that the Lower Chamber of the Russian Parliament would consider confirmation of the nominee for prime minister on Friday. On Monday, President Vladimir Putin nominated Mihail Fradkov, Russia's envoy to the European Union, as prime minister.

    Today Mr. Fradkov will meet with representatives of the political factions in the Duma: the pro-presidential United Russia, the KPRF, the LDPR, and left-centrist Rodina bloc.

    While commenting on Mr. Fradkov's upcoming meeting with the United Russia faction, Mr. Gryzlov said, "it is important for us to satisfy ourselves that Fradkov will tackle three strategic tasks, voiced by the president. They are as follows: the growth of the economy; the doubling of the GDP in 10-years and as a consequence the fight against poverty; and the modernization of the Russian armed forces."

    Earlier Mr. Gryzlov said that United Russia, the largest State Duma faction, was going to support Mr. Fradkov's nomination to the post of prime minister.

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