Armenia lifts some restrictions after poll protests

The Armenian President, Robert Kocharyan, has lifted some of the curbs put on political parties following last month's election. The restrictions were imposed after opposition riots left eight people dead. The restrictions included the deportation of non-

Controls on the Armenian media remain in place.

Armenian troops were deployed after street violence spiralled out of control.

Opposition supporters backing ex-president Levon Ter-Petrosyan, who came second in the country's recent presidential election, claim the election was rigged.

Ter-Petrosyan said the authorities had planned the violence.