Raffi Hovhannisian -- the California native who finished second to incumbent President Serzh Sargsyan in Armenia’s February 18 presidential election -- has promised to fight “a battle of love” to have the official voting results scrapped, and “the rule of the people” restored. But how many people, and for how long, are willing to support Hovhannisian’s post-election campaign remains unclear.
International observers gave the conduct of the presidential election a qualified thumbs-up. Experts who have analyzed balloting results have noted discrepancies in voting patterns in election precincts where monitors were on hand, and those where there were no outside eyes to keep track of things.
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Marianna Grigoryan is a freelance reporter based in Yerevan and editor of MediaLab.am.