ABOUT 5,000 PROTESTERS IN ARMENIA CONTEST INCUMBENT’S VICTORY IN PRESIDENTIAL VOTE
Windsor Star, Ont. Canada
Feb 21 2013
YEREVAN, Armenia – About 5,000 supporters of a presidential candidate
in Armenia, who has lost to the incumbent, have protested the election
President Serge Sarkisian easily won a second five-year term in
Monday’s vote, getting nearly 59 per cent of the vote. The closest
of his six rivals, American-born Raffi Hovanessian, polled 37 per cent.
Hovanessian, Armenia’s first foreign minister after the 1991 collapse
of the Soviet Union, has called the election unfair and rigged,
and declared himself the genuine winner.
On Wednesday, about 5,000 of his supporters gathered in the capital
to back Hovanessian’s demands. Hovanessian challenged the incumbent
to come to the square in Yerevan, and some of his followers pledged
to remain there through the night.
International monitors said the election “lacked competition,” but
noted improvements compared to the previous poll.
From: A. Papazian