PM Nikol Pashinyan Wins Snap Election of Armenia, Rival Alleges Fraud

The party of acting PM Nikol Pashinyan of Armenia has got the victory in snap elections, as per the electoral commission of the country. Preliminary results from around 2,008 polling stations gave the Civil Contract Party 54% in the election, it says. Armenia’s opposition alliance led by former President Robert Kocharyan is second with the voting of around 21%, which alleged the election as a fraud.

The election was held after the defeat of Armenia in a war with Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh disputed region. In 2020, Azerbaijan regained control of giant swathes of the mountain region, which was lost in 1988-94, the first Nagorno-Karabakh War to Armenia. The region is internationally known as a part of Azerbaijan.

On June 21, Mr. Pashinyan declared early victory in the Armenia elections and urged supporters to gather the capital’s main square. He said that the people of Armenia presented their Civil Contract party with authority to lead the country and to him for leading the country as Prime Minister.

Rivals Allege Fraud in Election

In a statement, Mr. Pashinyan said that they already knew that is going to have a convincing victory in the election and will have the majority in the parliament. The election officials of Armenia said almost 50% of the eligible voters of the country cast ballots on June 20, and the votes were carried out as per the legislation.

However, an alliance of Mr. Kocharyan said that they would not recognize the victory claim of Mr. Pashinyan. Over hundreds of polling station signals are testifying to organize and plan falsifications. This serves as a serious cause for the lack of trust, as per the statement of the bloc. On June 20, the office of the general prosecutor said that it had got over 319 reports of violations and has opened files of six criminal investigations. All of these are associate with the alleged bribery at the time of campaigning.

Mr. Kocharyan, an ally and friend of the Russian president Vladimir Putin was accused previously of fixing the presidential election in support of a political ally. Mr. Kocharyan was also accused of getting involved in the deadly crackdown on protestors in 2008. After leading a popular revolution in the year 2018, Nikol Pashinyan came to power and was also praised by international countries for holding a free and fair election under his leadership. However, Armenia is facing a political crisis since 2020 after the Moscow-brokered truce was signed with Azerbaijan by Mr. Pashinyan for ending the Nagorno-Karabakh war.

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