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Armenia: Opposition Slams Government, Campaigns For Early Elections

Yerevan, 21 April 1997 (RFE/RL) - Some 10,000 to 15,000 Armenian opposition supporters gathered Friday in the capital Yerevan, blasting the government and calling for early parliamentary elections.

Our correspondent says this was the second rally in a spring protest campaign organized by the National Accord Union, a recently-formed coalition of opposition parties.

No incidents were reported at the rally, although reporters said uniformed police milled about Yerevan's main square, where the rally was held.

Opposition leader Vasgen Manukian blasted the government for its economic policy and campaigned for an early vote. Manukian also accused newly appointed Prime Minister Robert Kocharian of abandoning the people of Nagorno-Karabakh, who elected him as their president, and accepting an offer to cooperate with what Manukian called "an illegitimate government."