Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, whose “Civil Contract” party reportedly won elections in Armenia.
He said that the Armenian people carried out a “steel” revolution, and also thanked for the support of the Russian government.
“Victory in the parliamentary elections will restore social and national consolidation. The people of Armenia have carried out a second revolution in three years. This time it was” steel “instead of” velvet “. All agreements will be fulfilled,” Pashinyan said, his speech was broadcast on Facebook.
He has become known for leading the country from hiding, through Facebook posts and livestreams.
The people of Armenia, in his words, “have made their decision.” “What was expected happened. It was expected that a citizen would inevitably win this election,” he added.
Pashinyan promised in the coming days to begin consultations “with all healthy political forces” in order to “understand their views on the consolidation of political life and public potential.”
The prime minister also thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin for the support provided to Armenia and the Armenian people.
According to preliminary results, the “Civil Contract” party gained more than half of the votes in the elections, followed by the “Armenia” bloc of ex-President of Armenia Robert Kocharian with 20%.
Kocharyan’s bloc, however, questioned the credibility of the preliminary results and said it would not recognise Pashinyan’s quick claim to victory, which came when just 30 percent of precincts had been counted.
“Hundreds of signals from polling stations testifying to organised and planned falsifications serve as a serious reason for lack of trust,” the bloc said in a statement, adding it would not “recognise” the results until the “violations” were studied
“They are in stark contrast to the various manifestations of public life that we have witnessed over the past eight months, with all the results of public opinion polls, including international and, finally, with common sense,” the alliance said in a statement.
The voter turnout was less than 50%, as Armenians are incredibly disillusioned, especially with Pashinyan’s leadership.
The general prosecutor’s office said it had received 319 reports of violations. It said it had opened six criminal probes, all of which concerned bribes during campaigning.
The election is being monitored by experts from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), which recently assessed the voting as largely fair and free. They will deliver an overall verdict on June 21st.
Pashinyan had called the snap poll to try to end a political crisis that erupted after ethnic Armenian forces lost a six-week war against Azerbaijan last year and ceded territory in and around the Nagorno-Karabakh region. More than 6,500 people were killed in the war, according to the latest official figures from Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Pashinyan has since been under pressure, with regular street protests demanding he step down over the terms of the peace agreement that ended the conflict. Under the deal, which was brokered by Russia, Azerbaijan regained control of territory it had lost during a war in the early 1990s. Pashinyan himself described the agreement as a disaster, but said he had been compelled to sign it in order to prevent greater human and territorial losses.
Pashinyan’s failed leadership was heavily exploited by Azerbaijan, and Turkey, and it is unlikely that this will stop, as he continues his inadequate leadership of Armenia.
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