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Yeltsin Considering a Vacation

October 8, 1999

MOSCOW (AP) _ President Boris Yeltsin may go on vacation some time this month because his work schedule in recent months has been taxing, his spokesman said Friday.

Yeltsin’s last vacation was a 10-day rest in July. The president’s work since then, which has included dismissing a prime minister, ``warrants a breather,″ spokesman Dmitry Yakushkin said.

``It is very difficult to work long, taking into account the age of Boris Yeltsin and other factors,″ Yakushkin said.

Yeltsin, 68, has had a number of health problems in recent years, including heart trouble that led to multiple bypass surgery in 1996 and bouts of pneumonia and respiratory infections. He has also suffered from back pain and a recurring ulcer in the past year.

The president has made few public appearances recently, though he held meetings in the Kremlin this week. Yeltsin insists he is fit enough to serve out his term, which ends in the middle of next year.

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