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Coalition Government Likely Outcome of May 25 Parliament Elections in Armenia

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.

Coalition Government Likely Outcome of May 25 Parliament Elections in Armenia

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