Armenian parliamentary election, 9 December 2018

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Amenia held a snap parliamentary election on 9 December 2018, the first since the so-called Velvet Revolution earlier in the year. The 'My Step Alliance' was clearly the winner of the poll, collecting 70 out of 132 seats of the Armenian National Assembly.

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Nikol Pashinyan - Armenia's acting Prime Minister, a former journalist and a leading figure of the country's Velvet Revolution - managed to consolidate his authority by leading the 'My Step Alliance' into an overwheming majority and forcing the former ruling Republican Party out of the Parliament. Under Armenian law, no party can hold more than a two-thirds majority, so the number of seats in the chamber were to increase from 105 to 130 as compensation for the result. Some observers showed some concerns at the lack of a strong opposition going forward.

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EurActiv, 10.12.18: Election landslide in Armenia as revolution comes full-circle
RadioFreeEurope, 08.12.18: Armenia's Elections Test Its Democratic Credentials
BBC News, 08.12.18: Armenia election: Gloves come off after ‘Velvet Revolution’
Deutsche Welle, 09.12.18: Armenian PM seeks to bolster authority in early parliamentary election
BBC News, 10.12.18: Armenia election: PM Nikol Pashinyan wins by landslide
The Guardian, 10.12.18: Armenia election: reformist PM Nikol Pashinian wins convincing victory
Armenpress, 10.12.18: Pashinyan’s My Step Alliance wins landslide victory in general election
The Economist, 07.12.18: Armenia’s new government looks set to triumph
Deutsche Welle, 09.12.18: Armenia goes to the polls: Will the peaceful revolution continue?

OSCE: ODIHR: Armenian early parliamentary elections, 9 December 2018

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