Armenia elections: Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan declares victory, opposition coalition alleges fraud


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Nikol Pashinyan came to power after leading a popular revolution in 2018.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan won Sunday’s early legislative elections, full results published Monday by the Central Elections Commission showed.

Pashinyan’s “Civil Contract” party won about 53.9% of the votes after all the ballot papers were counted, which would allow it to form a new government on its own.

The list of former President Robert Kocharian won 21% of the vote, according to the results, but the latter objects to this result, denouncing the occurrence of “fraud”.

Observers fear protests and even riots after a heated election campaign polarized Armenian society a few months after Yerevan suffered a major military defeat against Azerbaijan.

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