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Russian Duma approves Zubkov as PM

MOSCOW, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Relatively unknown Viktor Zubkov was overwhelmingly approved Friday as Russia's new prime minister.

Russia's lower legislative house, the state Duma, voted 381 to 47 to approve Zubkov, the former chief of Rosfinmonitoring, Russia's anti-money laundering office, Itar-Tass reported.

Zubkov, 65, a low-key financial regulator, was hand-picked two days earlier by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who dissolved the government this week in a move analysts said was a strategy by Putin, 54, to retain power after he steps down as president in March.

Zubkov, who formally assumes office after Putin signs a decree, is expected within the week to nominate new ministers and to propose changes in federal offices, Itar-Tass reported.

Communist party leader Gennady Zyuganov refused to back Zubkov, saying Friday's approval looked more "like a commando operation than a democratic vote."


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Added: Sep-14-2007 
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