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    MOST FORMER GOVERNMENT'S MINISTERS WILL REMAIN IN NEW CABINET, SAYS FRADKOV

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    MOSCOW, March 10 (RIA Novosti correspondent) - Most of the former government's ministers will remain in the new Cabinet structure, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov said at his first press conference.

    "It is important to preserve succession of the government, to assess those who have worked well and to use their experience in the interests of the state," he said.

    "Former Deputy Prime Minister Galina Karelova is to become deputy minister for healthcare and social development, former healthcare minister Yuri Shevchenko will become yet another deputy," Mr. Fradkov explained.

    According to him, former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Alyoshin is to become director of the Industry Agency within the Industry and Energy Ministry.

    Former Education Minister Vladimir Filippov will be appointed "first deputy minister for education and science and will be responsible for educational issues," Mr. Fradkov said. "In the Ministry of Culture and Mass Communications (I believe that Minister Alexander Sokolov, who is now in Japan, will agree with it) the Culture Agency will be headed by former Culture Minister Mikhail Shvydkoi and the Information Agency by former Press Minister Mikhail Lesin," Mr. Fradkov said.

    According to him, former Labor and Social Development Minister Alexander Pochinok will head the Labor and Social Protection Agency in the Healthcare and Social Development Ministry, while former Atomic Energy Minister Alexander Rumyantsev will head the Atomic Energy Agency in the Industry and Energy Ministry.

    "Leonid Reiman, former Communications Minister, will become first deputy minister for transportation and communications, former Transportation Minister Sergei Frank - first deputy minister for transportation and communications," Mr. Fradkov said.

    When answering journalists' questions about the fate of former Property Relations Minister Farid Gazizulin, the Prime Minister said that he was offered a job but chose to leave and become a teacher.

    "We are finding a job for former Anti-Monopoly Minister Ilya Yuzhanov, and are still discussing candidates to head the State Customs Committee," Mr. Fradkov concluded.

    "I am grateful to the ministers (of Kasyanov's government) who agreed to the demotion to deputy ministers, heads of agencies and services," the Prime Minister emphasized. "Our main goal is to attract people to the team in order to make a breakthrough in the economy."

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