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Bako Sahakyan wins presidential election in Nagorno-Karabakh

2012-07-20 14:20

Current president of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Bako Sahakyan won the presidential election gainig 66.70% of the vote. This was announced by the CEC of the Republic on the basis of processing 100% of protocols submitted by the territorial election commissions, the News Armenia reported.


According to the Central Election Commission, 47,085 voters have voted for Sahakyan. Former Deputy Defense Minister Vitaly Balasanyan Karabakh has gained 32.50% (22,966 votes), and Vice Rector of Stepanakert Branch of the National Agrarian University of Armenia Arkady Soghomonyan - 0.80% (594 votes).

Voter turnout amounted 73.43%. In general, 72,833 voters from the registered 98,909 took part in the election.

Recall, Jule 19, unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic held the presidential election. Current President of the country Bako Sahakyan, member of the National Assembly Vitaly Balasanyan and the Vice-Rector of the Stepanakert Branch of the National Agrarian University Arkady Soghomonyan are the main rivals at the presidential race.

Balo Sahakyan became the head of Nagorno-Karabakh in 2007. That time he won 85 percent of the vote in the first round of election.

The number of voters in Karabakh amounts 98,909 people. Polling stations, total number of which amounts 274, including one in Yerevan, opened at 8 am Moscow time. Voting lasted until 8 pm. To win the first round, the candidate needed to gain more than half of votes. About 80 observers from around the world, including the U.S. and Russia, watched the voting process.

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