Parliamentary election in Armenia: pro-Presidential party leads the way

16:25, 3 April 2017

Three political parties are getting into the Armenian parliament after the Sunday vote. After 50% of ballots had been processed, the Republican Party of Armenia, backed by President Serzh Sarkisian gets more than half of the votes.

The main oppositional force, led by businessman and former world champion arm wrestler Gagik Tsarukyan, gets 28%. The Armenian Revolutionary Federation is the third party to clear the vote threshold with 7%.

These are the first elections after Armenia changed its political system after the referendum two years ago – the country became a parliamentary republic.

Presidential powers were scaled back; the MPs are now electing a President, not the people. The second presidential term of the current Head of the State Serzh Sarkisian expires next year.

The opposition feels quite strongly that the changes were introduced in order to prolong his period in power, which Sarkisian himself denies.