September 25, 1993 |
Outside the Parliament building, the presidential grip is tightening. Inside, they may be on the verge of eating their young. On Day 4 of the showdown between Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin and the defiant Parliament that, though decreed dissolved, refuses to quit, Yeltsin's forces encircled the Parliament building with riot police. Riot police get paid extra to be scary, and in Russia they are good at their job.
October 6, 2000 |
In what appears to be the final and fatal blow to Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic's regime, angry protesters seized control Thursday of the federal parliament building and state-run television station here as police fled and soldiers joined celebrations in the street. Serbian police, once fiercely loyal to Milosevic, offered only scattered resistance as hundreds of thousands of protesters joined in the most serious attack on Milosevic's regime since he took power 13 years ago.
November 3, 2004 |
Light and airy are not adjectives usually applied to this gray and dour capital. But light and airy are apt words for its effervescent new Parliament building. And the cost also is so lighter-than-air: nearly $800 million, or 10 times the original target. Who knew that the Scots, of all people, could be so heedless with their purse strings? The bill works out to about $160 for every resident.
February 25, 2002 |
Tens of thousands of Moldovans streamed into this capital Sunday, answering nationalists' calls for a show of people power to try to overthrow the Communist government. Carrying banners reading, "Stop the Red Terror!" and "The Communists Are Terrorists," an estimated 70,000 people from the 4-million population poured into Chisinau's central square.
August 13, 1986 |
East Germans celebrated the Berlin Wall's 25th anniversary today with a massive rally and military parade, sparking an immediate U.S. protest that the marching troops violated postwar agreements. The U.S. mission in West Berlin said the parade was a "clear-cut violation" of postwar agreements barring the presence of East German troops in East Berlin and West German troops in West Berlin.
October 5, 1993 |
With every ear-shattering thud of a tank shell, Irina Vladimirovna Frolova's heart skipped a beat. The retired, white-haired sewing machine operator stood Monday afternoon on the opposite bank of the Moscow River from the Parliament, risking her life with thousands and thousands of fellow Russians to watch the battle unfolding before her eyes.
September 26, 1993 |
The historic showdown ignited five days ago when President Boris N. Yeltsin dissolved Russia's Parliament fizzled Saturday into an exchange of theatrical insults as many lawmakers left their besieged and barricaded headquarters and headed home. The slow death of the Congress of People's Deputies moved the focus of resistance to Russia's regional legislatures, many of which are threatening to withhold taxes and block Yeltsin's plan for election of a new Parliament in December.
July 9, 2012 |
CAIRO - The power struggle between Egypt's president and military leaders is becoming increasingly murky, leaving many Egyptians confused over who is running the country and whether laws and court rulings even apply amid the persistent political disarray. The struggle is driven by newly elected Islamist President Mohamed Morsi's attempt to weaken the secular army's grip on a country it has controlled for six decades. Morsi is determined to herald an era of political Islam, which the generals view as a threat to Egypt's international stature as well as to their personal and business interests.
January 23, 2011 |
A showdown between President Hamid Karzai and his country's newly elected parliament was averted late Saturday when the Afghan leader agreed to convene the inaugural legislative session this week rather than push for a one-month postponement. Lawmakers were intent on defying Karzai's order to delay the first session, initially scheduled for Sunday, and had said they would meet at a mosque or in the street if security forces blocked them from the parliament building. The standoff pushed the Afghan leader and his government to the brink of a full-blown political crisis.