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Armenian president lifts some restrictions

Protests erupted following recent election
March 10, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Armenia's president on Monday lifted some of the restrictions imposed after police cracked down on protests following last month's presidential election. President Robert Kocharian's order allows political parties to resume some activities, though a ban on mass gatherings and harsh controls on the media remained in place.

The government had declared a 20-day state of emergency on March 1 after clashes between protesters and police left eight people dead and dozens injured.

On Saturday, the Constitutional Court rejected opposition candidate Levon Ter-Petrosian's appeal of the results from the Feb. 19 election.

Officials say it was won by the man Kocharian endorsed: Prime Minister Serge Sarkisian.


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