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US Department of State Calls Armenian Authorities to Remove ‘Considerable Problems’ in Presidential Elections

Politics Materials 25 February 2008 14:24
US Department of State Calls Armenian Authorities to Remove ‘Considerable Problems’ in Presidential Elections

Azerbaijan, Baku, 25 February / corr Trend E.Huseynov / The US Department of State called on the Armenian Government to solve 'considerable problems', notedby international observers at the presidential elections on 19 February.

The United States urges the Government of Armenia to ensure these recounts are conducted comprehensively and transparently, investigate all allegations of irregularities, and implement steps to improve future elections, says Tom Casey, Deputy Spokesman in his press statement published on 25 February.

Casey said that the preliminary assessment of the OSCE's Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and Parliamentary Assembly stated that the election was "mostly in line with OSCE and Council of Europe commitments and standards for democratic elections". At the same time, international monitors identified significant problems with electoral procedures. Armenian election authorities have responded with positive steps of recounts in a number of jurisdictions.

He congratulated the people of Armenia on the active and competitive presidential elections of February 19. He also urged all political forces to continue observing the rule of law and to work peacefully and responsibly for a democratic Armenia.

The presidential elections were held in Armenian on 19 February with the participation of nine candidates. According to preliminary accounts by the CEC, the Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian won the elections during the first round of polls gaining 52.86% of votes.

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