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Although the country recently switched to a parliamentary system, critics fear President Serzh Sargysan will remain its most powerful man when he leaves office.3 April 2017
Armenia’s ruling Republican Party has retained its strong hold on power after yesterday’s parliamentary elections.
The elections are the first since a constitutional amendment two years ago reduced the powers of the presidency by changing the country into a parliamentary system. President Serzh Sargsyan, who heads the Republican Party, cannot run for re-election when his second term expires next year.
There were some reports of voting irregularities. By last evening, the Prosecutor General’s office had received 1,317 reports of alleged irregularities, of which 226 appeared to show evidence of election fraud, Mediamax.am reports.
Ahead of election day, a senior Republican Party official acknowledged that voters were being paid, but insisted they were not bound by these “donations.”
“People can take it and go make a choice according to their conscience,” the official, Deputy Speaker of Parliament Hermine Naghdalyan, said 31 March, according to EurasiaNet.org.
Opposition politicians complained of voting irregularities including violations of ballot secrecy and multiple voting.
Concerns over the transparency of the process prompted the U.S. Embassy and EU delegation to Armenia to issue a statement before the election noting “allegations of voter intimidation, attempts to buy votes, and the systemic use of administrative resources to aid certain competing parties," Deutsche Welle reports.
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