Bako Sahakian Re-Elected as Karabakh President

President Bako Sahakian casts his vote during Thursday's elections

STEPANAKERT, YEREVAN—Bako Sahakian was re-elected for a second five-year term as President of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, announced the country’s Central Electoral Commission on Friday.

According to the CEC, Sahakian received 66.7 percent of the votes, while his main opponent, Parliament Member Vitaly Balassanian received 32.5 percent of the votes during Thursday’s vote.

Voters in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic came out in droves on Thursday to take part in the fifth presidential elections of the country. According to Karabakh’s Central Electoral Commission, more than 73 percent of registered voters turned out by the time polls had closed at 8 p.m. local time.

Some 110 international observers converged on the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic to monitor the vote, including observers from Armenia, former Soviet republics, the EU and the US. The Western observers were there on behalf of NGOs and did not represent any government.

One of the American observers was former Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch who arrived in Artsakh Wednesday.

“I congratulate the government of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic for their commitment to a transparent and fair election. I look forward to participating in this democratic process,” Lynch said before leaving for Artsakh.

In Yerevan, President Serzh Sarkisian sent a congratulatory note to his counterpart.

“Your decisive victory in the elections is a confirmation of the historic choice of the people of Artsakh and the irreversible path toward political freedom, democracy and a society based on national and universal values. This is the common path of Armenia, Artsakh and all Armenians. We are going to pass it together,” Sarkisian said in his letter.

Armenia’s Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian, in a written statement, welcomed the election.

“With these elections the people of Artsakh once again proved their determination to decide their fate through democratic means,” said Nalbandian.

“I don’t think that any democratic country can challenge the need for and importance of forming governments through democratic elections,” added Nalbandian.

“With these elections the people of Artsakh once again proved their resolve to build their future in a democratic way,” concluded the foreign minister’s statement.

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  1. Avery said:

    Congratulations to President re-elect Bako Sahakian and the Heroic People of Free and Independent NK Republic.

    A benchmark of Democracy for the entire Caucasus region and all former Soviet republics of USSR.

  2. Gabe Korajian said:

    Congratulations Mr. Sahakian. You have done a good job as president and you deserve to be reelected. I wish you all the strength to undertake your sacred responsibility of leading a nation… a nation of proud people. A leader who strives to serve its citizens in a fair and just manner is always welcomed. If there is justice, all others will fall in place, including economic prosperity and a decent livelihood for all its citizens..

  3. Vazken said:

    One day, hopefully soon, the freedom loving young generation of Azerbaijan currently suppressed under the authoritarian regime of a despot will say enough is enough and follow Artsakh’s example to revolt and gain their God ordained freedom. We as Armenians should encourage and support them, we can then live as neighbors in peace.

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