ARMENIAN POLL COMMISSION CONFIRMS VICTORY OF INCUMBENT PM NIKOL PASHINYAN
Armenia's election commission officially confirmed Nikol Pashinyan as the country's prime minister on Sunday, a week after parliamentary elections, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) reported.
Pashinyan's Civil Contract party won 53.9 percent of the vote, said the commission's head, Tigran Mukuchyan, according to media reports.
His main challenger, former president Robert Kocharian and his Armenia Alliance party, received just more than 21 percent. They are planning to challenge the results in the Constitutional Court.
Mukuchyan demanded that the opposition provide "substantiated evidence" of alleged violations, adding that merely listing irregularities is not enough to invalidate an election result.
Observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) have deemed the election democratic, well-organized and in line with international law.
Pashinyan called the elections early under pressure from the opposition.
Several parties blamed the premier for a defeat, including loss of territory and many deaths, last year with Azerbaijan for control of Nagorno-Karabakh.
More than 6,500 were killed during the fighting and Armenia lost control of large parts of Nagorno-Karabakh to Azerbaijan.
The agreement to halt fighting in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict came into force on November 9 after a 44-day war.