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New, old Transdniester secessionist government sworn in

The new government of the breakaway region of Transdniester was sworn in on February 12,. The new cabinet is largely the same as the old government, with the key portfolios -- foreign affairs, state security, defense, and the economy -- all in the same hands. The previous government of Transdniester resigned after President Igor Smirnov was elected for a fourth term in elections in December. Smirnov, a Russian native, has been in power since 1990. In January, Transdniester's Supreme Soviet revoked earlier decisions to back the formation of a federation or confederation with Moldova.