Armenia is holding its presidential election on February 18, 2013. Republican Party-nominated incumbent Serzh Sargsyan is the heavy favorite to win the election and secure a second, five-year term in office.
This year’s election has already garnered global attention as opposition candidate Paruyr Hayrikian was shot while leaving his home on January 31, 2013. Two other candidates, Andrias Ghukasian and Aram Harutiunian, have recently staged hunger strikes in an attempt to discredit the president and the election, with Harutiunian ultimately withdrawing as a candidate on February 12. Despite these developments, the poll is expected to take place as scheduled on February 18.
Elections in Armenia: February 18 Presidential Elections, IFES’ frequently asked questions (FAQs), sheds light on Armenia’s electoral system, the candidates and current political situation. Among the questions answered are:
- Why is this presidential election of special significance?
- What is the legal process for electoral dispute adjudication?
- Who is eligible to vote?
Download Elections in Armenia: February 18 Presidential Elections.
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