Disgrace: CEC Confirms Serzh Sargsyan's "Victory"

Among continuous opposition protests, in a situation, when main opposition challenger Ter-Petrossian’s supporters are being bullied, fired from their jobs or arrested, with the most recent cases being those of New Times party Aram Karapetyan’s and Smbat Ayvazyan’s arrests, the Central Electoral Commission has announced the final results of the election vote count, according to which Serzh Sargsyan has been elected president.The final results announced at the CEC sitting are as follows: Artur Baghdasaryan –…

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Armenian Opposition Protest the Election Results

Opposition Protest in front of Government Building © Photo by Artur Papyan, Yerevan, 2008 Armenian opposition gathered more then 50 thousand supporters for a rally protesting the election results in front of Matenadaran today, closing the Mashtots avenue from Matenadaran till Nairi Cinema theater. Nikol Pashinyan, one of the most vocal opposition leaders, editor in-cheif of the Haykakan Zhamanak daily announced, that the opposition denounces the elections, and calls for a new round of elections….

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1 million 669 thousand 114 citizens voted. Serzh Sargsyan is Leading, Officially

The elections signified by an incredible number of violations, are over. I spent the election day in the newsroom of the Echannel.am. Complaints and information on various violations kept pouring in. The situation was apparently several times worse in the Regions. Our journalists visited several sites of violations and noted the boldness with which those were being carried out: ballots stuff, voters intimidated, journalists hindered from their work. Reports from Hetq, Echannel, Armnifo, A1plus give…

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International Media Neglecting Armenian Election?

With only six hours to go till the polling stations close in Armenia, the international media seem to be largely uninterested in the developments here, with very basic coverage of the elections only available from major international news agencies, as well as the BBC and Euronews. The elections are largely described as a transfer of power from outgoing leader Robert Kocharyan to his ally and prime minister Serzh Sarksyan. All international media reports point to…

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Photos: Armenia Elects New President

Photos: Onnik Krikorian / Oneworld Multimedia 2008 Armenia Election Monitor 2008 brings the first photos of the election day – “Finally the day has arrived”, writes Onnik Krikoryan with relief, “Whatever the outcome one thing is certain. In this round or a possible second, Armenia will elect a new president in a vote that international observers hope will represent a marked improvement over the last presidential election in 2003.” in English

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Armenia Votes Today!

2 million 328 thousand 320 voters are eligable to vote for the new president of the country, Athanatoi (Hrant)  writes in his blog,  reminding that 8000 police officers are on duty today to ensure security of the polls. The initial results of the Armenian presidential elections will be known by 6:00 AM on February 20th. “Ah yes, today is the day where corruption, blind nationalism, and fraud all come together in the form of Armenia’s Presidential Election!” Rhyne of Armenia blog…

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Authorities Determined to Punish Electoral Violations

Within the past 3-4 days all the more or less influential government officials have made statements about their determination to punish electoral violations. Today it was Aghvan Hovsepyan, the general prosecutor of Armenia, saying “no person having made electoral infringement will be left without liability“. President Kocharyan made a statement about being prepared to punish violators the other day. Interestingly, opposition candidate Levon Ter-Petrossian has been promising to punish those interfering and creating obstacles to…

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