A political opposition leader said Saturday that new military president Prosper Avril's proposal to hold elections in two years is "out of the question" and vowed that civilian groups will present their own electoral plan.

"I don't think the Haitian people will put this limit to Avril's time in power," said Louis Dejoie Jr., a member of the three-party Committee for Democratic Accord, known by the French initials CED.Dejoie's statement, in an interview with United Press International, came the day after gunmen allied with a rural political boss killed three peasants who were in a mob attempting to sack the home of the regional strongman.

The killings raised to 19 the number of people killed in violence spawned by a Sept. 17 coup that brought army Lt. Gen. Avril to power and ousted military ruler Lt. Gen. Henri Namphy.