Wed, 04 Aug 2021

YEREVAN -- Acting Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian has cemented his position with a landslide election victory called 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 breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Preliminary results showed that Pashinian's Civil Contract party won 53.9 percent of the vote, while former President Robert Kocharian's Armenia Alliance -- which is alleging election fraud though it has not presented evidence to back up the claim -- got 21 percent.

The I Have The Honor bloc won just over 5 percent and will also be represented in parliament.

The results, if they hold, mean Pashinian's party will control an even greater percentage of seats than the 50 percent needed to rule, since the votes of parties that didn't clear the threshold will be distributed among those that enter parliament.

International observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said the vote was 'competitive and generally well-managed.'

WATCH: International Observers: Armenia's Elections Were 'Competitive And Generally Well-Managed'

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