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Republic leaders crome under criticism in coup fallout

MOSCOW -- The leader of the Byelorussian republic, who did not initially condemn the Communist hard-line coup against Mikhail Gorbachev, resigned in the continuing fallout from the failed putsch, the independent Interfax news agency said Sunday.

Nikolai Demintei, chairman of the Byelorussian parliament and the republic's effective president, asked that he be relieved of duty and the Parliament granted him his request.

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In other republics, Azerbaijan President Ayaz Mutalibov has come under strong criticism from the Popular Front of that republic for his open support of the coup's creation, the Emergency Committee; and politicians opposed to Caucasus President Zviad Gamsakhurdia have accused him of wavering in condemning the putschists.

Ukraine Parliament chairman Leonid Kravchuk has been criticised in his legislature for waiting for events to develop before making an assessment.

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