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TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 1998 6A" THE PALM BEACH POST Yeltsin move fuels talk of bid for 3rd term 'E1 Duque case i ay f have set precedent khrai, an aide to Yeltsin, told the Interfax news agency. "For now it remains an open question who this political campaign team will back in the presidential election in 2000," he said. Yeltsin and his new team have cause to worry. Opinion polls show an increasingly troubled electorate wistful for the Soviet days of . a steady economy and plentiful jobs. In a recent independent survey, more than half of those polled said life was better under communist rule. While Russia's economy showed some signs of improvement last year after a long post-Soviet decline, most Russians still earn on average about $250 a month and have lost 'government subsidies in the transition to a market economy. Yeltsin's mass firings were lauded by Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov, who called them overdue. Russian markets rebound Yet while financial markets in Russia dropped dramatically in early trading as the news spread Monday morning, they later rebounded in a sign of confidence that reforms looked safe. Political analysts said the orderly transfer of power and lack of panic in the markets were signs that Russia's fledgling democracy was maturing and able to cope with the changes. "There is no crisis in the country, no situation where everything is highly tense or everything is collapsing, including the authorities," said Chubais, a close Yeltsin adviser now sacked as a top government minister for the second time in four years. alysts said, to weaken Chernomyrdin, who had begun to gain powerful business benefactors and the image of the heir apparent. Thus, the race for the president remains wide open as do Yeltsin's options. Once again, Yeltsin has Russia's political community guessing: Who will be the next prime minister? What will become of the young reformers Chubais and Nemtsov? Will Yeltsin run again? By showing himself a force, and possibly Russia's president into the next century, Yeltsin's rivals cannot afford to write him off. Did Yeltsin fake iilnesses? One analyst even suggested that Yeltsin had faked his recent flu illness as cover for the bombshell he dropped on Monday. "I think he wasn't as ill as he seemed to be. I suspect that was partly a ruse to keep these plans quiet and set up the surprise announcement of these changes," said Leonid Sedov, analyst at the Russian Public Opinion Study Center. In his televised remarks Yeltsin said the 2000 elections "have very great significance. You can say this represents the future fate of Russia." Chernomyrdin will concentrate on political preparations for these elections, Yeltsin said. His cagey phrasing could signal that Chernomyrdin remains a likely successor, or simply that Chernomydrin is being placed in charge of the organization to arrange the election, Sergei Sha- "apparatchik" a Soviet bureaucrat turned capitalist sympathizer and leader of the centrist Our Home is Russia political bloc allied with Yeltsin. Serving for five years, he was loyal to Yeltsin's reform agenda and helped blunt criticism from the communist-led opposition in the Duma, the lower house of parliament. Some of the old faces are likely to return to the new government, among them reformer Boris Nemtsov, 38, a close Yeltsin ally and proponent of his reforms. Yeltsin's decree cited two Cabinet ministers by name for dismissal, and thus unlikely to return: Anatoly Chubais, the chief economic reformer, and Interior Minister Anatoly Kulikov, who heads Russia's powerful internal security forces. Chubais, a longtime adviser to Yeltsin, is among the most unpopular figures in Russia, bearing the blame for market reforms that have driven up prices and cut living standards for most Russians. Kulikov, another Yeltsin loyalist, is respected by his police and troops an estimated half-million men but generally blamed for Russia's failed war in the breakaway republic of Chechnya from 1994-96. But the shuffle of more than 30 Cabinet members and other government managers appeared less important than the bold signal Yeltsin sent about designs on the presidency in the year 2000. Whether he intends to seek the presidency again or anoint a successor, Yeltsin launched the government overhaul in part, an YELTSIN From 1A what doctors described as cold and flu symptoms. Indeed, Yeltsin's dramatic stroke fueled speculation that he will seek a third term as president in the 2000 elections and may have doomed a man widely considered to be his successor: the outgoing Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin. "With one move, Yeltsin again moved to the center of the stage; he became the first political actor. And he killed his potential successor," said Lilia Shevtsova of the Carnegie Moscow Center. Clinton downplays changes Chernomyrdin was replaced Monday by an obscure, 35-year-old reformer, Fuel and Energy Minister Sergei Kirienko who will serve as acting prime minister, a post which may or may not become permanent, while a new government is formed. Under the constitution, a new government must be in place within two weeks. Traveling in Africa, President Clinton said he did not believe the changes would have any effect on U.S.-Russian relations. "We hope that the general direction of policy will be unaffected by this," Clinton said in Accra, Ghana. In Moscow, Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov continued to serve on a temporary basis, as do most other Cabinet ministers. At 59, Chernomyrdin is widely regarded as an old-school never gotten one for a client. Never." As if controversy were not enough, the INS also was made to suffer embarrassment when Hernandez and his catcher turned down the U.S. offer and instead applied for visas in Costa Rica in a financial move. By entering the United States through Costa Rica, the players were able to avoid the Major League draft and sign free agent contracts here. El Duque got a $6.5 million deal from the New York Yankees. His girlfriend took the U.S. offer and came straight to Florida, bypassing red tape and the inconveniences of the barbed-wire-enclosed camp at Nassau. "It does surprise me and it does seem unfair," said Richard C. Pena, a West Palm Beach attorney. "It seems a little bit strange that the girlfriend was given a humanitarian visa. I really don't know what qualifications ballplayers would have that a normal person doesn't how they would be more persecuted than other people." Andrew Lluberes, an INS official in Washington, said the law allows Attorney General Janet Reno to grant humanitarian paroles as she sees fit. 'Case-by-case basis' "It's all done on a case-by-case basis," he said. "She can grant them at her discretion, where she believes there is a pressing need. Baseball players are not considered special cases because they are baseball players." This is not easily accepted by Andres Cruz, an Indian-town activist with Corn Maya, a group of Guatemalan refugees that seeks permanent residency for those who fled here to escape civil war. "There are between 30,000 and 40,000 Guatemalans in Florida who escaped real persecution, real war," Cruz said. "My people can't get visas. I don't think that it's fair that good players are treated different than us." The Associated Press contributed to this story. ; CUBANS t'FrdmlA '" .refugees has a long history J dating back to Lyndon J Johnson's Cuban Adjustment " Act in 1966. The U.S. gov-; ernment's opposition to Fidel Castro has had as a logical I byproduct the willingness to ; accept his oppressed coun- trymen. Cubans have been expedited, often at the ex-pense of Guatemalans, Mex- ', icans and Salvadorans. : Preferential treatment " "It's fair to say with GUI' bans that we take them dif-; ferently through the process ; than with other nationalities," said Al Zucaro, immigration lawyer and West Palm Beach I city commissioner. "We have ; a political position that Castro ; has a communist regime. : , That is something that does ! not exist with other coun-; tries." ; The potential new devel-; opment, seen only this year, ' is that a preferred subgroup I may have been identified ', within the politically favored ; Cubans that being the po-; litically favored Cuban base- ballplayers. i The harbinger of change I may have arrived with Or-:lando "El Duque" Hernandez, the star Cuban pitcher land older half-brother of the 'Marlins' Livan Hernandez. El I Duque rode a boat to the Ba-; hamas in December with his ; girlfriend and six other refu- gees, including a catcher on I the Cuban team. The Immi-! gration and Naturalization I Service offered a humanitari- rai-nl tn him his trirl- tuu pvit .v ....... -' -" try Ifriend and the teammate, but I;the other refugees were ig nored. A humanitarian parole is a i little-used vehicle for allow-! ing refugees who are fleeing ! persecution in their home-! land to enter the United ; States quickly. Just how per-' secuted Hernandez was lies .-largely in the eye of the be ; holder. "Humanitarian paroles are extremely, extremely un-C usual," said Joan Friedland, a lawyer for nine years with the Florida Immigrant Advocacy 'Center in Miami. "I have If Rates Rise So Can Your Merest Ms CD. No. 430891 PUBLIC NOTICE REQUEST FOR TRANSFER OF : DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS: The Palm Beach County Land Use Advisory Board (LUAB) will hear a request, identified as 98 - 63 TDR 1 (Diamond "C Ranch PUD), to utilize the Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) program to: 1 ) designate a property as a TDR receiving area; and 2) approve the purchase of 6o TDR UNITS. The site consists of fourteen (14) parcels, totaling 267.04 acres, generally located on the south side of Southern Boulevard, approximately one ( 1 ) mile east of State Road 7 and west of Benoist Farms Road. This request will result in an overall gross density of 2.25 units per acre on the subject property. The LUAB will, after reviewing this application for compatibility and consistency with the 1989 Comprehensive Plan, either recommend approval or denial of the TDR application, as outlined under Section 6.10 of the Unified Land Development Code. Public Meeting Information: Date: Friday, April 3, 1 998 Time: The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. Place: The 4th Floor Conference Room, Planning Zoning & Building Department, 1 00 Australian Avenue, West Palm Beach, Florida. The Sure Step 16-Month CD. Southern Htvrf I p imwil M ) I s I How II.- !Hvii I There 's no place to go but up with the Sure Step CD from NationsBank and Barnett. Because no matter I I I -- I V I '."I 98-33 TDR 1 Diamond "C" Ranch PUD Hji HmXi Xma iiJJ J . t i i 7i Mia f I what happens to interest rates, you'll come out ahead. If rates rise, you can step up to a higher rate after only six months, locking in that higher rate for an additional 16 months, or longer. If rates go down, you're already locked in for 16 months at your original rate. We also offer an IRA which works the same way. So stop by your nearest NationsBank or Barnett banking center to open your Sure Step CD. In accordance with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), auxiliary aids or services will be provided upon request with at least three working days notice. Please contact Aimee Craig at (407) 233 5300 for information. Interested parties may attend trie meeting and be heard with respect to the proposed TDR application. If you are unable to attend the LUAB meeting, you may submit your written response to: Aimee Craig. Planner II Palm Beach County Planning Division 1 00 Australian Avenue West Palm Beach, Florida 33406 Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners Deportment of Ptonning, Zoning ond Building PUBUSH: Tuesday. March 24, 1998 Barnett. Sa'i.Hlt.vT' mtw.l.jn hanks ar Mi.t-r FT' Bamrti MNA a " ' N .sBr. t C ! Nnf'r4 .mnM

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