Hinting that he does not plan to run for re-election in 2000, President Boris N. Yeltsin on Monday welcomed his former prime minister's decision to try to become Russia's next president.
Yeltsin stressed, however, that he was not anointing ousted Premier Viktor S. Chernomyrdin: The next Kremlin leader must be someone the Russian people choose.
"You speak about succession when it concerns kings. And here people make the choice. The people will choose the successor," Yeltsin told reporters in the Kremlin.
Chernomyrdin, whom Yeltsin dismissed a week ago, announced Saturday that he would run.