Armenia's Pashinian Claims Victory In Vote Rejected By Main Opposition.

Armenia barreled toward renewed political crisis on June 21 after Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian claimed victory in a snap election and the main opposition alliance rejected the results.
Preliminary results from the June 20 election showed that with nearly half the country’s precincts counted, Pashinian's Civil Contract party was leading with 58.5 percent of the vote, while former President Robert Kocharian's Armenia Alliance had 18.8 percent. "The people of Armenia gave our Civil Contract party a mandate to lead the country and personally me to lead the country as prime minister," Pashinian announced in the early hours of June 21. "We already know that we won a convincing victory in the elections and we will have a convincing majority in parliament," he added. He urged his supporters flood Yerevan's main square in the evening. Moments later, Kocharian’s alliance said it would not recognize the results until alleged voting irregularities were addressed. "Hundreds of signals from polling stations testifying to organized and planned falsifications serve as a serious reason for lack of trust," the bloc said in a statement.


With reporting by AFP, Interfax, and Reuters

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