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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Veshnyakov Tipped as CIS Chief

Itar-TassAlexander Veshnyakov
Former Central Elections Commission head Alexander Veshnyakov may replace Vladimir Rushailo as the executive secretary of the Commonwealth of Independent States, news reports said Tuesday.

Veshnyakov said Monday that he had accepted an offer for a new job from President Vladimir Putin but refused to say what it was. "[I] have accepted the president's proposal, which will be made public in one, two or three weeks," Veshnyakov said at a news conference, Kommersant reported Tuesday.

"This will be a high position, and [Veshnyakov] and I will cooperate with each other," the current elections commission chief, Vladimir Churov, said at the same news conference.

Kommersant, citing an unidentified Central Elections Commission official, said Veshnyakov might be appointed CIS executive secretary during an informal summit of CIS leaders in St. Petersburg this weekend.

Two unidentified CIS officials, in Minsk and Astana, told Interfax on Tuesday that Veshnyakov might replace Vladimir Rushailo, whose term in office expires June 14. The CIS is a grouping of all the former Soviet republics except the Baltic states. Among other things it monitors elections on former Soviet soil.