He does not acknowledge his rival Pasinjan’s victory because of fraud

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Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pasinján’s party won an overwhelming victory in Sunday’s parliamentary election and lacks just 0.08 per cent of the vote to form a government on its own. The politician announced his party as the winner as early as Monday morning, knowing the official partial results. When the prime minister arrived at his party’s campaign headquarters, the crowd greeted him with a huge storm of applause as he chanted, “Victory!”. However, his main rival, former head of state Robert Kocsarján, did not acknowledge the preliminary results due to the alleged fraud and demands a thorough investigation of the suspicious cases.

– We can already see that we have won a convincing election and will have a convincing majority in Parliament

Pasinyan declared, calling his supporters to the center of Yerevan on Monday night.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pasinyan will vote in a polling station in Yerevan on June 20, 2021, the day of the early parliamentary elections.
MTI / EPA / Narek Alekszanjan

Based on aggregate data from constituencies, the Central Election Commission said Monday morning that the Civil Treaty, led by Pasinja, had won 53.92 percent of the vote. An alliance led by former head of state Robert Kocsarján, Armenia, garnered 21.04 percent of the vote. They are followed by 5.23 percent My Respect! a concentration called Former Head of State of Sergei Sargsyan and Artur Vanecyan, a former national security chief. The Prosperous Armenia Party, led by Gagik Crukjan, won 3.96 percent of the vote in fourth place, but is out of parliament because the entry threshold is five percent for parties and seven percent for electoral alliances. The election results are very different from the polls conducted in recent days, which predicted roughly the same result for the two major aggregations. Moreover, a poll by the Gallup Institute on Friday showed that 28.7 percent of the population would vote for the Kocsarján alliance and 25.2 percent for the Pasinján party.

– Until these issues are fully clarified, the bloc will not recognize the results

He pointed out in Kocsarján. According to a report by the Russian news agency RIA Novostyi, 319 reports of irregularities were received.

Former Armenian Prime Minister and Head of State Robert Kocsarján, the leader of the opposition, greets his supporters after he voted in a polling station in Yerevan on June 20, 2021, the day of the early parliamentary elections.
MTI / AP / Sergei Gric

Several experts fear that serious protests, even riots, could erupt after the rather tough election campaign exacerbated divisions in the country during the already extremely tense period following the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict last fall. In the early elections, roughly 2.6 million voters were able to vote in more than 2,000 polling stations.

“If it hadn’t been for the Karabakh war last year, there would be no elections now.” The outcome of the war had an impact on the rhetoric of the parties, in which the government was accused of failure, and especially in recent times, it has taken a grossly offensive form.

Armen Grigorján, vice-president of the Center for Political Studies in Yerevan, told the Hungarian Nation earlier, adding that the initial post-war hysteria had since subsided and nationalist forces campaigning for a peaceful agreement had weakened, with a more realistic attitude in society in recent weeks.

The vote had to be called because it led to a serious domestic political crisis in the republic beyond the Caucasus, with neighboring Azerbaijan occupying large areas last autumn in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, which was largely Armenian until then under disputed affiliation. 6,500 people died in the six-week fighting and demanded the resignation of the government in mass demonstrations in Armenia, accusing the cabinet of “betraying the Armenian national cause”. Nikol Pasinján eventually resigned to relieve tensions and new elections were called.

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