Armenia’s opposition claims election illegitimate

Armenia Materials 26 February 2008 15:30 (UTC +04:00)

(Itar-Tass) - Armenia's radical opposition plans to file a claim to the Constitutional Court to announce the presidential election as illegitimate, the secretary of the election headquarters of presidential runner Levon Ter-Petrosyan, said on Tuesday.

"The opposition has enough facts and the legal base to recognize the election as illegitimate," Arman Musinayan said.

Meanwhile, the opposition continues the round-the-clock protest action in Yereven for the sixth day running.

"People will protest on the square," until the Constitutional Court considers the claim, he said.

"The support for the opposition among population and the government grows every day," Musinayan said.

According to his information, eleven people began on Tuesday an open-end hunger strike on the capital's square, where the opposition is protesting.

"We have strong intentions and they are no shaken. We use every opportunity provided by the law and will continue our struggle until power is transferred to the people and their representative," Musinayan said.

Supporters of Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisyan, who won the February 19 election, gathered for a rally in front of the government's building.

The Yereven mayor office said rallies and protest actions of the opposition are unsanctioned and illegal.