Milestones Aug. 3, 1998

RESIGNING. MIKE MCCURRY, 43, likable, verbally nimble presidential press secretary whose 3 1/2-year tenure was marked by his artful and droll containment of a voracious White House press corps. He will be replaced by deputy press secretary Joseph Lockhart.

ELECTED. KEIZO OBUCHI, 61, president of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party and thus virtually certain to become the country's new Prime Minister. A cautious politician who most recently served as Foreign Minister, he won the party vote despite overwhelming public opposition and a revolt by younger party members who argued that Japan's economic crisis necessitated a bolder leader.


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