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Armenian court turns down petition to annul results of election

March 14, 2013, 20:21 UTC+3

The judges passed the decision after the hearings that had taken three days

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YEREVAN, March 14 (Itar-Tass) – Armenia’s Constitution Court has turned down a lawsuit filed by two candidates in the February 18 presidential election, Raffi Hovannisian, and Andreas Gukassian, who demanded that the results of voting be annulled.

The judges passed the decision after the hearings that had taken three days.

Oppositionist candidates challenged the February 25 resolution of Armenia’s Central Electoral Commission, which stated that the results of voting were conclusive and the country’s incumbent President, Serzh Sargsyan had won a new term office.

Hovannisian, 54, and Gukassian, 43, claimed procedural violations affecting the final results had been committed during the vote-telling.

The former man received 36.74% votes, getting to the second position from the top. He claimed however that he was the real winner, in the light of which he demanded that Sargsyan turn state power over to him.

Hovannisian, a former U.S. citizen, was the first Foreign Minister of independent Armenia in 1991 and 1992. He chairs the parliamentary oppositionist Heritage party now.

He called a hunger strike last Sunday demanding that Sargsyan quit the position of President Elect before the inauguration ceremony scheduled for April 9.

Andreas Gukassian, a prospering businessman, got 0.57% votes that placed him to the fifth position among the seven candidates.

The CEO who of Radio Hi, Gukassian held a hunger strike in front of the parliament buildings downtown Yerevan from January 21 through to February 19. He called on the CEC to revoke Sargsyan’s registration as a candidate for presidency and urged international observers to leave the country, saying that their departure would automatically bring about a cancellation of the election.


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