Mr. Kruschev's appointment as Chairman of the Council of Ministers (ie. Prime Minister) puts him?
Mr. Kruschev's appointment as Chairman of the Council of Ministers (ie. Prime Minister) puts him in a position comparable with that of Stalin before his death.
The collective leadership, of which there has been so much talk, has thus been virtually brought to an end, and the tug of war for control in the Kremlin can be regarded as won for the time being.
The resignation of Mr. Bulganin as Chairman of the Council of Ministers was announced at the first meeting of the newly elected Supreme Soviet in the Kremlin. No new post for him was announced, and because of reported differences between him and Mr. Kruschev, it is doubtful if a post in the new Cabinet, to be formed this week, will be offered.
There is no evidence of surprise at the 'eclipse' of Mr. Bulganin, but there was 'stormy applause' when Mr Kruschev rose to express thanks "for the honour and great confidence"shown in him.
A motive that may have weighed heavily with Mr. Kruschev, in deciding to accept this post, is that though he has long been the sole arbiter of Soviet foreign policy, he has had no legal status as Russia's spokesman and negotiator with Foreign Powers. This was something of a hindrance at the summit talks at Geneva. As Prime Minister he will no longer suffer this 'disability'.