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Ruling Party Sure Of Presidential Election Victory


Armenia -- President Serzh Sarkisian (C) campaigns in Yerevan's Ajapnyak district, 3May2012.

Armenia -- President Serzh Sarkisian (C) campaigns in Yerevan's Ajapnyak district, 3May2012.

The ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) expressed confidence on Friday that its leader, President Serzh Sarkisian, will win the next presidential election due early next year.

“I am convinced that the Republican Party of Armenia will remain the main government force seven months later because President Serzh Sarkisian will be the main and sole favorite in the presidential race,” HHK spokesman Eduard Sharmazanov told RFE/RL’s Armenian service (Azatutyun.am).

Sharmazanov said this is the reason why a new government being formed by Sarkisian as a result of last month’s parliamentary elections will submit a five-year plan of actions to the new National Assembly.

Under Armenian law, the government will have to resign after the presidential election scheduled for February 2013. The election winner will appoint a new cabinet.

The HHK has swept just about every election held in Armenia since 2007. Virtually all of those elections, including the May 6 legislative polls, were marred by opposition allegations of vote rigging.

The HHK’s governing bodies headed by Sarkisian were due meet late on Friday to discuss and approve ministers that will represent the ruling party in the new cabinet. The HHK is expected to have 15 of the 18 ministerial portfolios. The remaining cabinet posts will go to the Orinats Yerkir Party, its junior coalition partner.
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