Armenian opposition warned to keep protests lawful

Armenia Materials 22 February 2008 17:57 (UTC +04:00)

(Euronews) - Opposition protests in the capital of Armenia are expected to continue for a third day. The participants overnight seemed to be having a fine time. But they have been warned by the authorities to stay within the law. They insist they will not leave Erevan's Liberty Square until the victory of Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisyan in a presidential election is overturned.

Former President Levon Ter Petrosyan said: "We'll stay here for as long as it takes, until the final victory. Everything we do is legal. We will not allow any violations of the law. We will prove that law can prevail in this country."

Western election monitors said the vote on Tuesday was broadly fair. Armenia is watched closely as potential energy supply transit territory.

Official results gave Sarkysan just under 53 percent of the vote.

Sarkysan said: "We"ll need to persuade (the opposition protesters) not to violate law and order, not to violate others' rights. But if they do, then the law-enforcement bodies will need to restore it."

The protesters complain the election was rigged.