Yeltsin hope

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The Independent Online
Boris Yeltsin's aides claimed an important victory yesterday as leaders of Russia's powerful ethnic republics agreed to use the President's draft proposals as the basis for discussion on a new constitution, Reuter reports from Moscow. Republican chiefs formally endorsed Mr Yeltsin's plan for a special assembly at the Kremlin on 5 June to finalise a new constitution aimed at breaking Russia's political deadlock.

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