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Armenian presidential candidate cries foul over poll result


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Armenian presidential candidate cries foul over poll result

Armenia’s President Serzh Sarksyan easily won a second term according to Tuesday’s election results but his main rival claims the poll was rigged.

Thousands of Raffi Hovanessian’s supporters turned out to protest in the capital and declare him the true winner.

The opposition Heritage Party leader claims there was widespread fraud and voter coercion.

“Armenia deserves the rule of law, democracy, the constitutional law that applies to everyone, beginning from the president to everyone, every citizen,” he told reporters.

“And on this day, the Armenian people have come together to reclaim our own destiny, our sovereignty, our national interests, and our future as citizens of Armenia,” Hovanessian added.

International observers say the election “lacked competition” but they noted improvements over the previous poll.

All votes have been counted but the winner will not be declared officially until Monday.

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