Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Hovhannisyan's Protests

Rafi Hovhannisyan thinks he should be President of Armenia, and thousands of protestors agree:
Hovhannisyan has rallied supporters on the streets and pledged to use all legal means available to get the result of the February 18 ballot overturned.
Official results from Armenia’s electoral commission give Hovhannisyan 36.7 per cent of the vote, some way behind the incumbent, Serzh Sargsyan, who has declared victory with 58.6 per cent. The other five candidates scored lower percentages. 
Sargsyan won by significantly fewer votes than most commentators had been predicting, but his opponent insists he actually lost. Instead, Hovhannisyan says he himself was the clear winner, with the backing of four out of every five voters...
Hovhannisyan’s Heritage party, set up in 2005, is the smallest represented in parliament. But since Armenia’s leading opposition politicians refused to take part in the presidential election, Hovhannisyan’s appears to have acted as a unifying figure for anti-Sargysan, and this is reflected in his surprisingly strong showing, even according to the official poll figures.
Of course Armenia's elections are flawed, and that's part of the reason the opposition bigwigs didn't participate.  However, I also don't believe that Hovhannisyan got 80% of the vote.  I don't see how these protests will succeed where those surrounding the last election failed under the leadership of former president Levon Ter-Petrosian.



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