Decision 2013: Serzh Sargsyan wins in Armenia’s presidential election

Armenia’s current president Serzh Sargsyan will stay in office for a second five-year term after polling more than half of the votes in the Monday presidential ballot.

After finishing the counting of votes from all 1,988 polling stations early in the morning today, the Central Election Commission said according to preliminary results the incumbent has 58.64 percent (or 861,160 votes cast for him). Second-placed Heritage party leader Raffi Hovannisian has 36.75 percent (539,672 votes), with another opposition challenger, Hrant Bagratyan, finished a distant third with only 2.15 percent (31,643 votes).

Soviet-era dissident Paruyr Hayrikyan polled 1.23 percent (or 18,093 votes). The remaining three candidates, including Radio Hay director Andrias Ghukasyan, expert in epic studies Vardan Sedrakyan and former foreign minister of Nagorno-Karabakh Arman Melikyan got less than one percent of the vote.