Sarkisian Declared President by CEC

Armenia's Central Electoral Commission, with chairman Tigran Mukuchyan (center) announce election results (photolure)

YEREVAN (The Armenian Weekly)—The Central Electoral Commission on Monday announced the final results of the Feb. 18 presidential election in Armenia, declaring the incumbent, Serge Sarkisian, victorious.

The president of the commission, Tigran Mukuchyan, announced the results, according to which Sarkisian has secured 58,64 percent of the 1,521,261 votes cast, while his closest rival, Raffi Hovannisian, has garnered 36,75 percent of the votes. These figures are identical to the preliminary results announced last week.

On Feb. 24, Hovannisian had urged the authorities and the CEC to think twice before announcing the final results, and do the right thing. Hovannisian has declared victory in the election and demands that authorities relinquish power to the people.

Below is a summary of the official figures.

Sarkisian 861,373 votes (58.64 percent)
Hovannisian 539,693 votes (36.75 percent)
Hrant Pakradyan 31,643 votes (2.15 percent)
Paruyr Hairikian 18,096 votes (1.23 percent)
Antreas Ghougassyan 8,329 votes (0.57 percent)
Vartan Setrakyan 6,210 votes (0.42 percent)
Arman Melikyan 3,520 votes (0.24 percent)


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