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Armenia: President Cancels Ban On Rallies

Yerevan, 11 October 1996 (RFE/RL) -- Armenian President Levon Ter-Petrosyan today canceled his September 26 ban on public demonstrations and rallies, according to RFE/RL's Armenian Service.

Tens of thousands of demonstrators rallied for several days in Yerevan after last month's presidential ballot. The demonstrators accused Ter-Petrosyan of stealing the election from opposition candidate Vazgen Manukyan. Clashes broke out when some protesters tried to storm the parliament building.

Ter-Petrosyan's decree today says that the situation in Yerevan has become normal and that the ban on rallies should be canceled before local elections on November 10.

Meanwhile, the prosecutor general's office has issued a statement ordering rally organizers to abide by the constitution and other laws. In effect, this measure emphasizes the need for advanced written permission before a rally can be conducted.