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Yeltsin resists hard-liners by
" disbanding Russian parliament
MOSCOW (AP) - President
Boris Yeltsin moved to seize control
of the Russian state in a coup against
his enemies yesterday, ousting the
hard-line congress and announcing
December elections for a new parlia-
The opposition called Yeltsin's
action a "coup d'etat" and threatened
to impeach him. Lawmakers said they
would name Vice PresidentAlexander
Rutskoi acting president.
Yeltsin warned that any attempt to
stand in his way would be "punished
by law." In a national TV address,
Yeltsin claimed he was amending the
constitution by decree, but his action'
effectively suspended the charter.
In Washington, the Clinton admin-
istration held out support to Yeltsin
and President Clinton said he would
try to call the Russian president.
Yeltsin's main opponents, Rutskoi
and parliament speaker Ruslan
Khasbulatov, were inside the Russian
Bymidnight, several hundred anti-
Yeltsin protesters gathered outside the
building, many waving, red Soviet
hammer and sickle flags and erecting
makeshift barricades as police stood
If Yeltsin succeeds in dissolving
the parliament and conducting Dec.
11-12 elections, the vote could give
him a Congress more in tune with his
Yeltsin's action to break his
longstanding stalemate with lawmak-
ers will need the strong backing of the
military and security services.
Thirty-five military trucks loaded
with soldiers and policemen were
parked near Russia's Central Bank
Khasbulatov urged the police and
military to ignore orders from the
'The only way to overcome the paralysis of state
power is to fundamentally renovate it on the basis
of the rule of the people and constitutionality.'
- Russian President Boris Yeltsin
president and appealed for a nation-
wide general strike.
"Do not fulfill any illegal decrees
coming from the president,"
Khasbulatov said. "These decrees are
Russia's top jurist, Constitutional
Court Chair Valery Zorkin, joined
Khasbulatov at the White House and
offered his support. Khasbulatov said
he was organizing the defense of the
Prime Minister Viktor
Chernomyrdin told reporters theCabi-
net supports Yeltsin. He also said there
were no unusual troop movements
and that there would be no attempt to
storm the White House.
"All troops remain in their garri-
sons," Chernomyrdin said.
"Of course, they are ready for any-
thing, but God save us from doing
The constitution does not specifi-
cally give the president authority to
dissolve parliament or call elections.
"Being the guarantorof security of
the state, I must offer a way out of the
stalemate, and to break this disas-
trous, vicious circle," the president
said in a rambling, 20-minute address
on national television.
The Interfax news agency said
Yeltsin was spending the night at his
country dacha just outside Moscow.
During his address, Yeltsin was
scornful of his opponents in parlia-
ment, whom he accused of "trying to
push Russia into an abyss."
Yeltsin has said the first task of a
new parliament will be to replace
Russia's Soviet-era constitution. .
"The only way to overcome the
paralysis of state power is to funda-
mentally renovate it on the basis of the
rule of the people and constitutional-
ity," Yeltsin said.
"The current Constitution doesn't
allow that - neither does it allow for
the passage of a new Constitution."
Yeltsin said his action was forced
by deputies' intransigence.
Yeltsin issued adecreeplacing leg-
islative agencies and theCentral Bank
under his control. He also gave him-
self the right to replace Russia's main
prosecutor, who has increasingly sided
with Yeltsin's opponents.
Yeltsin announced that elections
to a new parliament, to be called the
Federal Assembly, would be Dec. 11-
12 and that new presidential elections
would be held later.
Parliament's current term expires
in 1995; Yeltsin's term expires in
"In accordance with a presidential
decree already signed, beginning to-
day the legislative, executive and con-
trol functions of the Congress and the
Supreme Soviet are stopped," Yeltsin
"There will be no more sessions of
the Congress. The authority of the
people's deputies is considered void."
"It has stopped to be a body repre-
senting the rule of the people," he
said. "It has been seized by a group of
individuals who have turned it into
headquarters of a diehard opposition."
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