YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Armenia’s Central Election Commission (CEC) announced on May 31 the final results of the May 25 parliamentary elections.
Six parties and alliances managed to overcome the five percent barrier winning 75 seats allocated under proportional representation system.
Prime Minister Antranig Markarian’s Republican Party retained its dominance–winning 23 seats under proportional representation system; the opposition Justice alliance won 14 seats; the pro-presidential Orinats Yerkir (Country of Law) Party won 12 seats–the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) won 11 seats–the National Unity of Artashes Geghamian won nine seats and the little-known United Labor Party won six seats.
The Republican Party also won nine majority seats; Orinats Yerkir won 6 seats from individual constituencies–becoming the second largest party represented in the new legislature. The opposition Justice won one majority seat.
According to the Central Election Commission (CEC)–proposed constitutional amendmen’s also voted on during the May 25 elections were backed by more than 559,000 of some 1.22 million voters that took part in the referendum. Over 552,000 others rejected them–with the remaining votes were deemed invalid. Under Armenian law–the amendmen’s needed the backing of at least 780,000 voters.