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 February 21, 2003 


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Decision 2003: Kocharyan Faces Demirchyan in Run-Off

 

Decision 2003: Kocharyan Faces Demirchyan in Run-Off


Armenia's Presidential elections will go to a second round of voting after a day of drama, intrigue, and controversy ended with the incumbent Robert Kocharyan failing to secure a second term by the narrowest margin.

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Decision 2003: Observers say elections fall short of international standards

Decision 2003: Observers say elections fall short of international standards


Gunshots were fired, a brawl disrupted a political rally, and a Member of Parliament was seriously wounded from knife stabs Tuesday as Armenia's Presidential election campaign completed its second week.

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Decision 2003: Voting day turned from fair to foul at some precincts

Decision 2003: Voting day turned from fair to foul at some precincts


On Election Day, Wednesday, a woman named Louisa who lives in the Arabkir area of Yerevan received a knock on her door and was offered 5,000 drams (about $8.60) if she would sign an agreement to vote for President Robert Kocharyan. She was also offered a ride to and from her voting precinct station.

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Decision 2003: The son also rises

Decision 2003: The son also rises


Throughout Armenia the name Demirchyan is well known. Most knowledge, however, is attached to memories of Karen Demirchyan, the former First Secretary of the Central Bureau of the Communist Party of (Soviet) Armenia.

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Decision 2003: Geghamyan Goes from Candidate to Kingmaker

Decision 2003: Geghamyan Goes from Candidate to Kingmaker


Artashes Geghamyan's 17 per cent share of the votes in the first round of the presidential elections places him in the position of kingmaker for the run-off. His support could assist the challenger Stepan Demirchyan to overhaul incumbent Robert Kocharyan, particularly if some of the latter's "soft" vote starts to ebb away.

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Observers say elections fall short of international standards

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Voting day turned from fair to foul at some precincts

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The son also rises

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Geghamyan Goes from Candidate to Kingmaker

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Hope and Assurance

It has been a season of many emotions, Decision 2003. Doves of peace were offered and officers to enforce that peace were stationed around the Central Elections Commission.

 

 





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