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COMMUNIST PARTY AWAITS REPLY FROM YELTSIN

Russia's Communist Party volleyed the ball back into President Boris N. Yeltsin's court Saturday by vowing to wait for a reply to its demands before deciding whether to scrap a no-confidence vote in his reformist Cabinet.

Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov told a news conference after a daylong secret meeting that party delegates fully backed his decision to postpone last Wednesday's planned no-confidence vote for a week and seek concessions from Yeltsin.

Zyuganov, who said his parliamentary group and leadership now had carte blanche to decide whether to press ahead with the vote, reiterated the demands, which included a two-year freeze on rent increases and opposition air time across the country.

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