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Armenia: Voters Opt for More of the Same

Galust Sahakyan, the speaker of Armenia’s parliament and a ranking member of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia, casts his ballot on April 2. Armenia’s governing party consolidated its grip on power following the April parliamentary elections marred by widespread allegations of vote-buying and voter intimidation. (Photo: Armenia’s National Assembly)

Armenia’s governing party consolidated its grip on power following parliamentary elections marred by widespread allegations of vote-buying and voter intimidation.
 
The governing Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) was the clear victor in the April 2 elections, as expected, winning over 49 percent of the vote and an apparent absolute majority of seats in parliament (55 out of 105). An alliance led by populist oligarch Gagik Tsarukyan was the runner-up with 27 percent of the vote. Two other parties secured seats in the legislature: the Yelk Alliance won just under 8 percent of the vote; and the nationalist Armenian Revolutionary Federation, just under 7 percent.
 
Another bloc, featuring political heavyweights like former defense minister Seyran Ohanian, 2013 presidential contender Raffi Hovannissian, and former foreign minister Vartan Oskanian, won just over 2 percent and will not be represented in the new parliament.
 
The Central Election Commission reported that turnout was about 61 percent.
 

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Marianna Grigoryan is a freelance reporter based in Armenia and editor of MediaLab.am.

Armenia: Voters Opt for More of the Same

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