YEREVAN (A.W.)—On March 14, Armenia’s Constitutional Court rejected the claims by two of the Feb. 18 presidential candidates, Raffi Hovannisian and Andreas Ghukasyan, that the election was rigged, thus reaffirming the re-election of Serge Sarkisian.
Hovannisian and Ghukasyan had applied to the court, requesting that it reject the election results. The court, however, denied the claim, upholding the Central Election Commission’s (CEC) assessment that there had not been any violations.
According to the CEC, Sarkisian secured 58.64 percent of the 1,521,261 votes cast, while his closest rival, Raffi Hovannisian, garnered 36.75 percent of the votes.
Hovannisian insists he is the real winner, and has demanded that authorities relinquish power to the people.
On March 10, Hovannisian began a hunger strike, telling his supporters at a Barevolution rally on Freedom Square in Yerevan that Serge Sarkisian will be sworn in as president “over my dead body.” Sarkisian’s inauguration is expected to take place on April 9.