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February 9, 1998 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Since Prime Minister Robert Kocharyan took power last week as acting president of Armenia, the small detail of his citizenship has hardly raised an eyebrow. In the streets and markets here in the capital, members of the public are calm--even optimistic--about the prospect of change after more than seven years of economic hardship under former President Levon A. Ter-Petrosyan.
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April 22, 2004 | David Holley, Times Staff Writer
Armenian President Robert Kocharyan's government appears to have won at least a tactical victory in deflating recent protests and defending his hold on office after an election last year that his opponents claim was rigged. A string of demonstrations seeking Kocharyan's ouster began early this month, and thousands of protesters gathered again in Yerevan, the capital, Wednesday evening to press their demands, Russian news agency Interfax reported.
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April 22, 2004 | David Holley, Times Staff Writer
Armenian President Robert Kocharyan's government appears to have won at least a tactical victory in deflating recent protests and defending his hold on office after an election last year that his opponents claim was rigged. A string of demonstrations seeking Kocharyan's ouster began early this month, and thousands of protesters gathered again in Yerevan, the capital, Wednesday evening to press their demands, Russian news agency Interfax reported.
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February 9, 1998 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Since Prime Minister Robert Kocharyan took power last week as acting president of Armenia, the small detail of his citizenship has hardly raised an eyebrow. In the streets and markets here in the capital, members of the public are calm--even optimistic--about the prospect of change after more than seven years of economic hardship under former President Levon A. Ter-Petrosyan.
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April 5, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Armenian President Robert Kocharyan appointed Serzh Sarksyan as the nation's prime minister, and many expect the new official to run for president next year when Kocharyan's final term expires. Prime Minister Andranik Margaryan died of a heart attack March 25.
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April 10, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
More than 10,000 people protested in the heart of the Armenian capital, Yerevan, to demand the resignation of President Robert Kocharyan, defying a ban that was imposed after a smaller rally Monday. Two opposition parties that organized the peaceful protest accuse Kocharyan of rigging last year's elections, corruption, human rights abuses and mismanaging the economy.
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February 22, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
About 25,000 people rallied against President Robert Kocharyan in Armenia's capital, Yerevan, urging him to resign after he failed to win 50% of the vote, a requirement for outright victory. Many protesters backed complaints of ballot-rigging. European observers also said the vote was "flawed" because of ballot-stuffing and intimidation. Stepan Demirchyan is to face Kocharyan in a March 5 runoff. Official figures showed Kocharyan with 49.8% of the vote and Demirchyan with 28.3%.
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May 3, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
President Robert Kocharyan fired Armenia's prime minister and his government and tightened police security around government buildings. In a statement read on national TV, Kocharyan said he dismissed Prime Minister Aram Sarkisyan--whose brother and predecessor died in a parliament shootout--for allowing the former Soviet republic's economy to deteriorate and ignoring discord in the military. Apparently fearing unrest, Kocharyan stepped up the police presence around government buildings and the headquarters of the Unity alliance, which has a majority in parliament and has shown increasing dissatisfaction with the president.
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March 3, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Hundreds of troops flooded Armenia's capital to enforce a state of emergency after clashes between opposition activists and government forces left eight people dead and more than 100 injured. President Robert Kocharyan declared the 20-day state of emergency Saturday night after a day of violence as police broke up protests by demonstrators who claim the Feb. 19 election was fraudulently won by Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan. Seven civilians and one officer were killed and at least 131 protesters and troops were wounded, officials said.
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May 3, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
President Robert Kocharyan fired Armenia's prime minister and his government and tightened police security around government buildings. In a statement read on national TV, Kocharyan said he dismissed Prime Minister Aram Sarkisyan--whose brother and predecessor died in a parliament shootout--for allowing the former Soviet republic's economy to deteriorate and ignoring discord in the military.
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June 27, 2000 | Associated Press
Vice President Al Gore told Iraqi opposition leaders in a meeting Monday that Saddam Hussein stands in the way of Middle East peace and "must be removed from power." "I believe that there can be no peace for the Iraqi people and a genuine peace for the people of the Middle East so long as Saddam is in a position to brutalize his people and threaten his neighbors," Gore told representatives of forces trying to topple the Iraqi president.
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March 20, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Acting President Robert Kocharyan, who will face ex-Communist leader Karen S. Demirchyan in a presidential election runoff, said voting irregularities were scattered and did not affect the outcome. Kocharyan won 39% of the vote in Monday's election, and Demirchyan secured 31% to go into the runoff March 30, the election commission said. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said the voting was flawed and voiced concern that the irregularities would be repeated.
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