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01/12/1999

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Lebed Protege Fails In Mayoral Election

An entrepreneur supported by Krasnoyarsk region governor and presidential hopeful Alexander Lebed trailed a Communist rival in the first round of mayoral elections in Achinsk, in what is turning out to be a challenge to Lebed's local prestige. Lebed proteg? Nikolai Ashlapov took 36 percent of the vote Sunday behind Communist Mikhail Achkasov, who received 44.5 percent. Six other candidates won a total of less than 19 percent of votes cast in the Achinsk poll, home to Russia's largest producer of alumina, the Achinsk Alumina Combine. Ashlapov formerly served as director of that combine and now runs a chain of private shops in Achinsk while Achkasov runs a large construction firm, Zhilstroy. Lebed was elected governor of the vast Siberian region in May and is expected to use it as a platform to run for president in 2000. The previous mayor, Leonid Druzhinin, who was also supported by Communists, resigned from his post last fall, citing health problems.

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