September 27, 1996 |
The government deployed tanks in the streets of this capital and arrested opposition leaders Thursday after a night of rioting that left two dead and dozens injured. The security crackdown followed a melee spurred by angry opposition supporters who stormed parliament Wednesday, accusing President Levon A. Ter-Petrosyan of rigging Sunday's election to claim a second term in office.
June 16, 2000 |
A gunman slightly wounded Serbia's most powerful opposition leader, Vuk Draskovic, late Thursday with a burst of automatic weapons fire at a coastal vacation home in the Yugoslav republic of Montenegro, police and aides to the politician said today. Members of Draskovic's Serbian Renewal Movement called the 11:30 p.m. shooting an assassination attempt, the second in less than a year on the longtime foe of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic. Draskovic, 53, was hit by two bullets.
November 10, 2003 |
Rejecting calls for his resignation over allegations that his ruling party rigged results of last week's parliamentary elections, Georgian President Eduard A. Shevardnadze on Sunday launched talks with his opponents to defuse a growing crisis in his former Soviet republic. "I was elected by the Georgian people," Shevardnadze told reporters on the second day of demonstrations that drew thousands of protesters in Tbilisi, the nation's capital.
September 22, 1999 |
Cold drizzle and deep public cynicism Tuesday dampened the start of what opposition leaders are trying to make the final push to drive Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic from power. Splintered by infighting, the opposition managed to rally an estimated 20,000 demonstrators in central Belgrade, a sharp drop from the more than 100,000 people who turned out here Aug. 19 for a protest.
October 29, 2001 |
Haji Mir Hamed Jaafari appears old and frightened, hardly the image of an Afghan warrior. Once in charge of an armed force of 1,500 fighters and 31 tanks, Jaafari, 44, now spends his days under guard of a handful of knife-wielding relatives in a seven-room house in this provincial capital near Iran's eastern border. He has applied to the United Nations for asylum, an unusual request for an Afghan opposition leader, according to the organization.
December 17, 1989 |
Vaclav Havel, Czechoslovakia's opposition leader and likely future president, appealed in an extraordinary nationally televised address on Saturday for national unity and an end to political maneuvering over the presidential vacancy. The nation, he said, cannot "afford the luxury of waiting and postponement." The debate over the presidency, he added, should be completed "quickly, preferably by the end of the year."
October 8, 2000 |
Fifteen years before he became an overnight presidential hopeful, Fernando Olivera was elected Peru's youngest congressman. His party's emblem was a broom. The broom still symbolizes the 42-year-old former prosecutor's mission to clean up politics: since 1985 he has gone after larcenous politicians, murderous military officers and the like.
May 19, 1991 |
An idyllic retreat that once nestled the Communist elite among flowering fruit trees and sprawling lawns now stands empty of guests but full of possibilities for a new life as a luxury spa. The Bankya estate of former dictator Todor Zhivkov boasts a covered pool and sauna that could be readied for visitors in hours. Suites opening out to bird song and pine forests need only to have their king-size beds made. Marble terraces overlooking bucolic vistas beg to host outdoor cafes.
February 21, 2014 |
KIEV, Ukraine - After a violent week that turned parts of his capital into a war zone, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich agreed Friday to a new election and a coalition government in a deal that appeared likely to seal his political fate and bring his imprisoned rival back onto the stage. It was far from clear, however, that Ukraine could avoid more of the bloodshed that has killed at least 100 people in the country, the worst violence in its post-Soviet history. Crowds enraged by the deaths of protesters in volleys of sniper fire the previous day greeted opposition leaders who signed the agreement with the president with angry shouts and whistles.