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Vladimir Putin announces new Cabinet

world Updated: May 12, 2008 19:14 IST
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Russian Prime Minister Vladmir Putin on Monday unveiled his new cabinet, retaining incumbents of key ministries including Foreign, Defence and Finance.

Former prime minister Viktor Zubkov has been appointed first deputy prime minister of the new cabinet with the charge of multi-billion dollar national projects for the improvement of health, education and housing services.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin and Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov retained their job in the new cabinet.

Putin, who was confirmed as prime minister by the State Duma (Lower House) last week after he relinquished his Kremlin job, met President Dmitry Medvedev today to finalise the cabinet.

The new cabinet in all will have two first vice premiers and three vice premiers.

Igor Sechin, who served as deputy head of Kremlin adminstration is to become a deputy prime minister. And is also head of the ol giant Rosneft,

Sergei Sobyanin, who was head of Kremlin administration, will become a deputy premier and government chief of staff.