Protests Continue Led by Raffi Hovannisian
YEREVAN (Combined Sources) — Armenia’s Central Election Commission has officially certified President Serge Sargisian as the winner of the February 18 presidential election.
The commission announced the official election results on February 25.
It said Sargisian was reelected with 58.6 percent of the vote, while former Foreign Minister Raffi Hovannisian came in second with nearly 37 percent.
US Secretary of State John Kerry congratulated Sargisian on the occasion of re-election. “I congratulate you on the occasion of re-election. February 18 presidential elections are an addition to the base of 2012 parliamentary elections and I am glad that press and media ensured balanced coverage of campaign,” Kerry said.
Kerry noted that he agrees with preliminary conclusions of OSCE/ODIHR observation mission, that in general elections were well-organized, with protection of fundamental freedoms. He also noted that there is still some work to be done.