Armenia's parliamentary vote May 25 will likely reflect the divisions in society that have opened since President Robert Kocharian's controversial re-election just over two months ago. Opinion polls show that no party will be able to win a parliamentary majority, signaling the likelihood of a coalition government.
Under changes to the electoral code adopted in 2002, 75 of the 131 parliament seats at stake in the election will be allotted according to a proportional voting system. To qualify for proportional representation political parties must receive at least 5 percent of the vote. The remaining 56 deputies will be elected in local districts on a first-past-the-post basis.
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Haroutiun Khachatrian is a Yerevan-based writer specializing in economic and political affairs.