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Republican Party wins majority of seats in Armenian parliament

May 13, 2012, 20:33 UTC+3
The conservatives will hold 69 out of 131 parliament seats, among them 40 won in the proportionate ballot and 29 in majority single-mandate districts
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YEREVAN, May 13 (Itar-Tass) —— The Republican Party led by President Serzh Sargsyan won the majority of seats in the Armenian parliament on May 6, the Central Elections Commission said in a final report posted on Sunday.

The conservatives will hold 69 out of 131 parliament seats, among them 40 won in the proportionate ballot and 29 in majority single-mandate districts.

The right-centrist Prosperous Armenia led by businessman Gagik Tsarukian ranks second with 37 parliament seats (28 in the proportionate ballot and nine in majority single-mandate districts).

The radical opposition block, Armenian National Congress, of Armenia’s first president Levon Ter-Petrossian (1998-2008) gained seven parliament seats, all of them in the proportionate ballot.

The Land of Law led by Armenian National Security Council Secretary Artur Bagdasarian will have six parliament seats, including five gained in the proportionate ballot and one in a single-mandate district.

The nationalist party Dashnaktsutyun will have the same ranking.

The opposition party Heritage led by first foreign minister of independent Armenia, former U.S. citizen Raffi Ovanesian, will have five parliament seats.

One independent candidate won in a single-mandate electoral district.

The Communist Party, the Democratic Party and United Armenians failed to pass the 5% election threshold and will have no parliament seats.

More than 600 international and 30,000 domestic observers watched the ballot. Foreign monitors said the election was normal and well governed, while the opposition reported a number of violations.

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