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Armenia: Opposition Calls For Boycott Of Election Hearings

Yerevan, 20 November 1996 (RFE/RL) -- Armenian opposition groups today announced a boycott of Constitutional Court hearings on the validity of September's presidential election.

Shavarsh Kocharian, a spokesman for Armenia's main nationalist opposition party, demanded that the court submit the testimony of all electoral commissions. Kocharian said opposition forces want the results of the military vote to be made public, and for about 60 witnesses to be allowed to testify in the case.

President Levon Ter-Petrosyan won re-election in the September 22 ballot. But foreign monitors working for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said there were major irregularities by Ter-Petrosyan's supporters. The OSCE said the irregularities may have been serious enough to alter the results.

Last week, the parliament of the European Union passed a resolution urging Yerevan to hold new elections in areas where violations of electoral law were reported by the OSCE. That resolution has since been sent to top Armenian officials.