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.

Related Link(s)
Commentary and Analysis
IFES Election Guide: Election for Armenian National Assembly http://www.electionguide.org/elections/id/3132/
Euronews, 09.12.18: Armenia election: Who is Nikol Pashinyan? https://www.euronews.com/2018/12/09/armenia-election-who-is-nikol-pashinyan-and-what-s-at-stake-in-the-vote
Wikipedia: 2018 Armenian parliamentary election https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_Armenian_parliamentary_election
Euro|topics, December 2018: Armenian general election: triumphant revolution? https://www.eurotopics.net/en/211472/

News
EurActiv, 10.12.18: Election landslide in Armenia as revolution comes full-circle https://www.euractiv.com/section/armenia/news/election-landslide-in-armenia-as-revolution-comes-full-circle/
RadioFreeEurope, 08.12.18: Armenia's Elections Test Its Democratic Credentials https://www.rferl.org/a/armenia-elections-test-its-democratic-credentials/29644829.html
BBC News, 08.12.18: Armenia election: Gloves come off after ‘Velvet Revolution’ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46486787
Deutsche Welle, 09.12.18: Armenian PM seeks to bolster authority in early parliamentary election https://p.dw.com/p/39kkF
BBC News, 10.12.18: Armenia election: PM Nikol Pashinyan wins by landslide https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46502681
The Guardian, 10.12.18: Armenia election: reformist PM Nikol Pashinian wins convincing victory https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/10/armenia-election-reformist-pm-nikol-pashinian-wins-convincing-victory
Armenpress, 10.12.18: Pashinyan’s My Step Alliance wins landslide victory in general election https://armenpress.am/eng/news/957591.html
The Economist, 07.12.18: Armenia’s new government looks set to triumph https://www.economist.com/europe/2018/12/07/armenias-new-government-looks-set-to-triumph
Deutsche Welle, 09.12.18: Armenia goes to the polls: Will the peaceful revolution continue? https://p.dw.com/p/39m1E

Official
OSCE: ODIHR: Armenian early parliamentary elections, 9 December 2018 https://www.osce.org/odihr/elections/armenia/401984

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