PM refuses to be sacked

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The Independent Online
KINSHASA (Reuter) - Zaire's Prime Minister, Etienne Tshisekedi, yesterday dismissed President Mobutu Sese Seko's bid to sack him. Mr Tshisekedi said he was chosen by the pro-democracy National Conference and that an interim constitution approved by the conference took away the President's power to hire and fire prime ministers. In a speech on Friday night Mr Mobutu said he would ask the transitional parliament to name a replacement for Mr Tshisekedi.