Armenia votes in election triggered by war defeat


PTI, Jun 20, 2021, 11:17 AM IST

Yerevan: Armenians are voting Sunday in a national election after months of tensions over last year’s defeat in fighting against Azerbaijan over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

The snap parliamentary election was called by Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in a bid to resolve public anger over the peace deal he signed in November that triggered months of protests demanding his resignation.

He stepped down from the premiership as required by law to allow the election to take place but remains the country’s leader.

The Moscow-brokered agreement ended six weeks of fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces, but saw Azerbaijan reclaim control over large parts of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding areas that had been held by Armenian forces for more than a quarter-century.

Thousands of Armenians took to the streets in the capital Yerevan to protest the deal as a betrayal of their national interests.

Nagorno-Karabakh lies within Azerbaijan but was under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by the government in Yerevan since a separatist war ended in 1994, leaving the region and substantial surrounding territory in Armenian hands.

Hostilities flared in late September 2020, and the Azerbaijani military pushed deep into Nagorno-Karabakh and nearby areas in six weeks of fighting involving heavy artillery and drones that killed more than 6,000 people.

Pashinyan, who came to power after leading large street protests in 2018 that ousted his predecessor, has defended the deal as a painful but necessary move that prevented Azerbaijan from overrunning the entire Nagorno-Karabakh region.

In Sunday’s election, more than 2,000 polling stations will open across Armenia, with nearly 2.6 million people eligible to vote.

The ballot includes 21 political parties and four electoral blocs, but two political forces are seen as the main contenders: the ruling Civic Contract party led by Pashinyan and the Armenia alliance, led by former President Robert Kocharyan.

Recent media reports cite polls showing Pashinyan’s party and Kocharyan’s bloc in a close race and it’s unclear if either will be able to win 54% of parliament seats necessary to form a government.

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

Delhi LG grants prosecution sanction against Arundhati Roy under UAPA: Officials

J&K terror attacks: Home Minister Amit Shah calls for high-level meet on June 16

It will be “good” if Yediyurappa appears before CID in POCSO case soon, says Home Minister

Karnataka Home Minister denies reports actor Darshan getting “royal treatment” at police station

SC issues notices on NTA’s plea seeking transfer of cases on NEET-UG row from HCs to it

Beware of “Meesho” lucky draw scam

Forest dept has agreed to hand over 500 acres for Yettinahole project: Deputy CM Shivakumar

Related Articles More

Way to peace is through “dialogue and diplomacy”: PM Modi to Zelenskyy

One more Indian succumbs to injuries in Kuwait building blaze

G7 Summit: PM Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron discuss ways to further strengthen partnership

PM Modi arrives in Italy for G7 Summit Outreach meet, bilateral talks with world leaders

Skills Development Centre Marks 12 Years of Taal Yatra

MUST WATCH

Udupi accident

Senior Congress MLA CS Nadagouda

Ghataprabha River

Fire accident

Shankarapura Mallige | Jasmine Flower


Latest Additions

Rajat Sharma files defamation suit against Cong leaders Ragini Nayak, Ramesh, Khera

No one has approached me about Darshan’s case, says CM Siddaramaiah

Five killed, 20 injured as tractor-trolley carrying devotees overturns in MP

Delhi LG grants prosecution sanction against Arundhati Roy under UAPA: Officials

J&K terror attacks: Home Minister Amit Shah calls for high-level meet on June 16

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.