Armenian Parliamentary Elections Strengthen Ruling Party

State Building and Fragility Monitor

A political party in Armenia loyal to President Serge Sargsyan won the most votes in its parliamentary election over the weekend in a result that tracked closely with a general pattern in other post-Soviet elections: the parties in power tend to stay in power.

The election was the first since rioting broke out in Armenia four years ago to protest the election of Mr. Sargsyan, Armenia’s third president since independence. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe had criticized that election as flawed.

The organization, a 56-nation group that monitors elections, noted some improvements in the Armenia voting on Sunday, an outcome that could help strengthen the legitimacy of Mr. Sargsyan’s rule. The results reflected a strong showing for his party, the Republican Party of Armenia.

The party won 44 percent of the vote while another party currently in the ruling coalition, the Prosperous Armenia Party, won 30 percent. A group…

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