Yeltsin vows to push reforms

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President Boris Yeltsin went on national television last night to thank the Russian people for supporting him in last month's referendum and pledged that he was going to be more decisive in seeing through reform, Helen Womack reports from Moscow.

The priorities, he said, were to organise new parliamentary elections by the autumn and to get rid of officials who were standing in the way of change.

'The referendum confirmed that Russians really want radical change,' he said in the broadcast from his Kremlin office.