Armenian president lifts some restrictions

Protests erupted following recent election
YEREVAN, Armenia 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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