08/10/1998 17:37:17 Russian Communists meet to discuss autumn protests
MOSCOW, Aug 10 (Reuters) - The leadership of Russia's
Communist Party, the biggest party in parliament, met on Monday
to discuss autumn plans to oppose the economic reform programme
of President Boris Yeltsin.
"Today we have discussed the time, period, dates, the way
we'll participate and organise, our demands," party leader
Gennady Zyuganov told NTV television. "Our demands remain as
before -- Yeltsin's resignation, a change in policy and the
formation of a government of national trust."
Yeltsin and Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko over the summer
have won approval for large parts of an economic austerity plan
that helped win $22.5 billion in international credits.
The government is hoping the Communist-led lower house of
parliament, the State Duma, will interrupt its summer vacation
to meet later this month to debate other parts of the crisis
But Interfax news agency quoted Zyuganov as saying he saw no
reason to hold an August session of the Duma.
"So far they haven't even received documents on the bills"
from the government, he complained.
However, Interfax quoted Deputy Prime Minister Viktor
Khristenko as saying the government planned to introduce seven
laws to the Duma for debate at a special session, which
officials are hoping will take place August 19-20.