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Ruling Party Wins Parliamentary By-Elections Amid Fraud Claims

December 3, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Two government-backed candidates of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) swept to landslide victories in parliamentary by-elections on Sunday which their opposition challengers condemned as fraudulent.

Official vote results showed the candidates, Robert Sargsian and Arman Sahakian, winning in single-mandate constituencies in Yerevan and the country’s second city of Gyumri respectively with over 80 percent of the vote.

Sargsian is a brother-in-law of Yerevan Mayor Taron Markarian and Sahakian a businessman reputedly close to President Serzh Sarkisian’s influential son-in-law, Mikael Minasian.

In both constituencies, RFE/RL correspondents saw scores of government loyalists standing near polling stations and clearly influencing voting. They faced threats and intimidation from some of them.

Armenian News

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