Armenia’s parliamentary elections have been lorded as a “vast democratic improvement”, as pro-presidential parties took the majority of the votes.
The monitoring team from The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe said the elections were a development in democracy on the previous, 2003, vote.
Republican party leader and present Prime Minister, Serge Sargysan, is the likely winner in the polls with a projected 40 per cent.
The vote is seen as a dress rehersal for the presidental election next year.
Armenia is a mountainous, land-locked, country and part of the former Soviet Union. It has emerged as a potential major transit route for oil from Central Asia into Europe.
This vote was marred by some violence, including an attempt to kill a senior member of the Republican party.