He's Up. He's Down. But Is He Out?

Though Yeltsin's crisis churns on, a compromise is still possible

ELECTIONS -- SOME KIND, SOMETIME. THAT PROPOSItion began emerging as the key to resolution of Russia's political crisis, although it remained unclear if in fact one can be reached. Early in the week Russia's Constitutional Court ruled that President Boris Yeltsin's proclamation of "special rule" was unconstitutional, a declaration expected to form the basis for impeachment. But when Yeltsin finally published his decree for an April referendum on his own rule and the outline of a new constitution, it did not mention special rule. The court looked at best overly hasty and partisan in condemning a nonexistent document.

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