OSCE ODIHR to Publicize Another Interim Report on Presidential Elections in Armenia
Azerbaijan, Baku 4 March / corr Trend K.Ramazanova / In the near future the OSCE Bureau for Democratic Institutes and Human Rights (ODIHR) will publicize one more interim report on the results of the presidential elections held in Armenia on 19 February, Jens-Hagen Eschenbaecher, the spokesperson for the OSCE ODIHR told Trend on 4 March.
"In connection with the situation in Armenia the OSCE ODIHR plans to issue the next report which is currently under development," Eschenbaecher said.
In accordance with the initial estimation of the OSCE ODIHR the elections met the OSCE requirements and standards from a democratic viewpoint. At the same time, the organization stated that the international observers registered existing problems which evolved during the polls.
On 2 March the President of Armenia Robert Kocharyan decreed to impose a state of emergency for 20 days after the demonstration of the opposition against the false outcome of the election which lasted for many days and flared into a confrontation with the police. According to the Health Ministry of Armenia of 3 March, the number of those injured during the clashes in Yerevan on 1 and 2 March totaled 131 and 8 people were shot dead.