Armenian opposition leader issues ultimatum to authorities

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31 Mar 04


At a press conference today, [leader of the National Democratic bloc]
MP Arshak Sadoyan issued an ultimatum to the Armenian
authorities. Sadoyan is confident that the current situation in the
republic is fraught with bloody clashes, and the authorities will be
responsible for that.

The press conference was mainly devoted to the referendum on a vote of
no confidence, which under the Constitutional Court's decision should
have been conducted by 16 April.

Until that period, parliament will have three sessions, i.e. from 12
to 14 April. Arshak Sadoyan said that the people has the right to urge
parliament and the president to accept the Constitutional Court's
decision.

"If parliament does not adopt the decision, the people has the right
to urge clashes and civil disobedience," the opposition deputy said.

Arshak Sadoyan believes that the opposition bloc, which is discussing
this prospect, will join his ultimatum. The deputy said that the
deadline for making the ultimatum public is very likely to be on 12
April.