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YELTSIN WITHDRAWS 1 DEPUTY BUT WINS AN OK ON ANOTHER

Russian President Boris Yeltsin finally gained approval Tuesday for economist Ruslan Khasbulatov as first deputy chairman of Parliament but withdrew another nominee as his fledgling administration struggled to get off the ground.

After rejecting Yeltsin's candidates three times, the Congress of People's Deputies voted 604-378 Tuesday to approve Khasbulatov as Yeltsin's deputy. Yeltsin earlier withdrew the candidacy of legal scholar Sergei Shakrai for another deputy's post.Yeltsin's difficulties in gaining approval for his Cabinet members raised questions about his mandate to lead the republic in radical changes. Many deputies criticized Yeltsin's strong-arm tactics to push his candidates through, saying the moves contradicted the conciliatory image Yeltsin projected last week.