Russian PM, cabinet could face reshuffle: paper

A high-ranking Russian government official on Wednesday rejected a local newspaper report that the government headed by Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov would soon face a reshuffle.

Russian PM, cabinet could face reshuffle: paper
"I don't see the logic. It's incomprehensible why this would be necessary," the official told Reuters.

Russian paper Nezavisimaya Gazeta wrote on Wednesday that President Vladimir Putin's planned move to the post of prime minister, once chosen successor Dmitry Medvedev is elected, includes a reshuffle that could happen as soon as this week.

Zubkov, the former head of the financial markets watchdog, was installed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in September, replacing Mikhail Fradkov as head of the government to ensure stability through December's parliamentary elections.

The newspaper quoted several unnamed sources at the Ministry of Health and Social Development, who said they were told at a morning meeting to prepare for "organizational changes and possible staff reductions" as soon as Wednesday.

Speaking last Thursday at his annual press conference, Putin said Zubkov's only goal as prime minister was to ensure stability during the election period.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Şubat 2008, 15:45