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Yeltsin Refuses To Sign Draft Law On Transfer Of Power

By Grigori Krichevsky

Moscow, June 21 (RFE/RL) - Russian President Boris Yeltsin has refused to sign a key draft law on the transfer of power.

Yeltsin's parliamentary representative in the lower house of parliament or State Duma, Alexander Kotenkov, said that Yeltsin had legal objections to the draft.

The draft, passed by both houses of parliament, stipulates that the newly elected president should take office 30 days after the final results have been announced. A second round of voting for the presidency is due to take place early next month.

RFE/RL correspondent quotes members of the Communist faction, which dominates the State Duma, as saying that Yeltsin does not want a peaceful transfer of power.

Kotenkov denied the accusation and said that Yeltsin will send his legal objections to the parliament in the near future.