OSCE Calls For Calm Ahead Of Armenia Municipal Polls

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–Amid growing antagonism between supporters and opponents of President Serzh Sarkisian’s administration in Armenia, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s representative in Yerevan has called on all sides to exercise restraint during the final weeks of campaigning before municipal elections in late May.

“All participants in the election should display high political and civil responsibility,” the head of OSCE Yerevan office, Sergey Kapinos, was quoted as saying by Armnfo news agency.

Kapinos noted that the campaign is increasingly characterized by attacks on journalists and sporadic violence involving police.

In the absence of a formal invitation from Armenian officials, the OSCE is not slated to monitor the Yerevan municipal election.

President Sarkisian said on Friday that the upcoming municipal elections in Yerevan will not be followed by violent unrest and dismissed opposition pledges to use them for toppling his administration.

Speaking about the upcoming municipal elections in Yerevan, Sarkisian ruled out any possibility that poll will be followed by violent unrest and dismissed opposition pledges to use them for toppling his administration.

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