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Soviet Communist Party leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev...

Soviet Communist Party leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev may be named president when the Supreme Soviet convenes July 2, Western diplomats said. Although Gorbachev’s party position already makes him the Soviet leader, his three predecessors each also held the ceremonial position of president. There are also indications that the legislature’s meeting, announced by the government news agency Tass, might see the retirement of Prime Minister Nikolai A.Tikhonov, 80.


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