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Armenians vote in poll seen as test of democracy

Armenians began voting on Saturday in a parliamentary election seen as a test of democracy in the Caucasian country and a dress rehearsal for a presidential contest next year. The Republican party led by Prime Minister Serzh Sarksyan — a trusted lieutenant and favored successor to President Robert Kocharyan — is expected to easily defeat the opposition when 2.3 million voters in ex-Soviet Armenia go to the polls. “If the Republican party gets enough votes in the … election and my party puts forward my candidacy for the presidential election, I will take this offer with pleasure,” Sarksyan told Reuters in an interview on Thursday. Kocharyan is to step down early next year when his second term ends, triggering a presidential election. Full Story

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