Prime Minister Nicole Pacchinian won the assembly election in Armenia on Sunday, June 20, and his party is largely in the lead, according to partial results. “We already know that we have won a landslide victory in the elections and will have a solid majority in parliament.”, Mr. Pacchinian was delighted during the speech, which aired live on his Facebook page.
When he arrived at his campaign headquarters, Mr. Pachinian welcomed Bravo! » And “Success!” His support amidst thunderous shouts. His civil contract party received 58.4% of the vote against the formation of former President Robert Kotcharian, almost 18.6%, after counting the votes in 47% of the polls, the Central Election Commission announced.
“People gave us an mandate for the dictatorship of law and order, and we must use it immediately.”, He continued. He invited his supporters to meet at 8pm on Monday in Republic Square in the center of the capital Yerevan. “The people of Armenia have given the mandate to our Civil Contract Party to lead the country and personally as Prime Minister.”, He added.
The opposition condemns the fraud
In a statement, his main rival, Robert Kotcharian, quickly opposed and condemned the decision “Frauds”. “Armenia Camp (Electoral Coalition of Mr. Kotcharian) It aims to carefully investigate suspicious frauds and reports. Until these questions are answered satisfactorily, the camp will not approve the referendum results. ”, Said in a statement for training.
The 46-year-old former journalist, who was brought to power in 2018 by a peaceful revolution against the former corrupt elite, is a neighbor and sworn enemy of Azerbaijan, in the fall of 2020.
Six weeks later, more than 6,500 died, Armenia had to give up important territories it controlled After the first war with Baku in the 1990s. Both countries Fight on Nagorno-Karabakh, Separatist region of Azerbaijan, heavily populated by Armenians.
The political crisis
This defeat, considered a disgrace, sparked a crisis in Armenia, forcing Nicole Pacchinian to call legislative elections in the hope of strengthening her legitimacy. Many of his former supporters accuse him of being one “Traitor” For accepting a ceasefire and now returning to his enemies.
After receiving more than 70% of the vote in the 2018 Assembly elections, Mr. Pacchinian’s creation is credited with a single poll that received only 25% of the vote ‘s motives. Nearly 29% behind Kotcharian’s Armenia camp – a prediction that turned out to be completely false at the ballot box.
Mr. Pacchinian urged his comrades to give it to him this week “Steel Order” And warned against “A Civil War”.
“We are a team with experience, knowledge, strength and will, unlike the current management.”, For his part Mr. Kotcharian launched in front of his supporters in Yerevan on Friday. He was president of this poor and mountainous former Soviet republic from 1998 to 2008, has been accused of electoral fraud in the past, and is under investigation for corruption.
In the local assembly elections, at 5 pm, turnout exceeded 38% against almost 40% at the same time. The election campaign showed a deep divide between the two camps and observers anticipate protests, even violence after the polls. Mr. A rally of Pacchinian supporters is expected in Yerevan on Monday evening, and the Kotcharian may also meet.
The referendum took place in public silence on Sunday, but Mr. Two organizations, including Kotcharian, condemned the violations. Observers of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on Monday visited KST at 1pm to monitor the transparency of the ballot.