Communists fail to oust Yeltsin
Thursday 23 January 1997
Such a resolution would have declared Yeltsin's presidency "terminated"; the Prime Minister, Victor Chernomyrdin, would have been placed in charge, and a presidential election called. But the resolution's sponsor vowed to continue his battle to get rid of Mr Yeltsin and claimed that procedural errors marred the vote.
The move came only hours after Mr Yeltsin showed up at the Kremlin for the first time since falling ill on 6 January. The surprise trip was clearly timed to quell claims that he is too sick to handle government affairs. AP - Moscow
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