Armenian parliament confirms state of emergency
( dpa ) - The Armenia parliament on Sunday confirmed a state of emergency declared following clashes between police and supporters of opposition presidential candidate Levon Ter-Petrosian.
The entirety of the 81 of the 131 lawmakers present in parliament voted in favour of the 20-day state of emergency declared by outgoing President Robert Kocharian.
Overnight, 31 persons wee injured in continuing unrest, according to the government.
There was no official confirmation of reports of a death of a civilian.
Demonstrators loyal to Ter-Petrosian claim the February 19 presidential election had been rigged.
Official results from the Central Election Committee (CEC) showed that Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian took 52.86 per cent of the vote with final ballots counted, while Ter-Petrosian 21.43 per cent.
The results put Sarkisian over the 50 per cent hurdle needed to avoid a run-off with the second-place finisher.