Armenia elections could go beyond first round, says lawmaker

May 10, 2021 – 12:51 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – Snap parliamentary elections scheduled in for June may not conclude after the first round, lawmaker from the ruling My Step bloc Hamazasp Danielyan told reporters on Monday, May 10.

“If in the elections not one single political force succeeds to win at least 54% of the seats or create a coalition of three forces to secure 54% of the vote within six days, a second round of voting will be held in Armenia,” Danielyan said.

My Step tried to change the legislative requirement for coalitions before the June 20 elections, but the President did not sign the law.

Under the proposed changes, the party or bloc with the biggest number of ballots would get to form a coalition with other parties within 14 days, and if they got enough votes to receive 52% of the mandates, they could agree on the candidacy of the Prime Minister.

Acting PM Nikol Pashinyan announced on March 18 that Armenia will hold snap parliamentary elections on June 20. The PM came under fire after signing a statement with the Russian and Azerbaijani Presidents to end the war in Nagorno- almost 45 days after the start of the military hostilities. Under the deal, the Armenian side was forced to return all the seven regions surrounding Karabakh, having lost a part of Karabakh itself in hostilities.

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