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Armenian President Dissolves Probe Into Deadly Protest

Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian
Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian
Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian has dissolved a task force established to investigate last year's deadly postelection violence in Yerevan, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.

A presidential spokesman told RFE/RL that last week Sarkisian criticized task force members for failing to "rid themselves of their political agendas."

In March 2008, opposition activists protested in downtown Yerevan against what they said were manipulated presidential election results.

Ten people died and more than 200 were injured as protesters clashed with security forces.

Officials accused protesters of trying to overthrow the government, and dozens are still in jail on such charges.

Sarkisian assembled the five-person, bipartisan task force to investigate the incident, but the chairman resigned last month, citing a stalemate among members.

Opposition task force member Andranik Kocharian told RFE/RL that the resignation confirmed to him that "the whole process was going to end like that."

The other opposition member of the task force, Seda Safarian, told RFE/RL that Sarkisian's announcement "confirmed my belief that nobody wants to find out the truth about March 1."