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Armenia: Voting gets underway in Yerevan in first elections after constitutional reform02:18

Armenia: Voting gets underway in Yerevan in first elections after constitutional reform

Armenia, Yerevan
April 2, 2017 at 06:00 GMT -00:00 · Published

Voters arrived at polling stations across Yerevan and further afield, Sunday, as some 2.5 million Armenians come out to cast their ballots in the country’s parliamentary elections.

Sunday’s elections, where voters will decide on the make-up of the country’s National Assembly, is the first major poll following Armenia’s move from a semi-presidential system towards a parliamentary system.

The transition to the new form of governance follows a constitutional referendum in 2015, where Armenians voted to become a parliamentary republic.

Close to 30,000 local and international officials are taking part in the elections to monitor the voting process, with some 2,000 polling stations opening on Sunday.

The main political groups taking part in the elections are the Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan’s Republican Party, the 'Tsarukyan' bloc, fronted by businessman and famed arm-wrestler Gagik Tsarukyan, as well as the 'Kongress-ANK' bloc, headed by Armenia's first president Levon Ter-Petrosyan.

Armenia: Voting gets underway in Yerevan in first elections after constitutional reform02:18
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Voters arrived at polling stations across Yerevan and further afield, Sunday, as some 2.5 million Armenians come out to cast their ballots in the country’s parliamentary elections.

Sunday’s elections, where voters will decide on the make-up of the country’s National Assembly, is the first major poll following Armenia’s move from a semi-presidential system towards a parliamentary system.

The transition to the new form of governance follows a constitutional referendum in 2015, where Armenians voted to become a parliamentary republic.

Close to 30,000 local and international officials are taking part in the elections to monitor the voting process, with some 2,000 polling stations opening on Sunday.

The main political groups taking part in the elections are the Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan’s Republican Party, the 'Tsarukyan' bloc, fronted by businessman and famed arm-wrestler Gagik Tsarukyan, as well as the 'Kongress-ANK' bloc, headed by Armenia's first president Levon Ter-Petrosyan.

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