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Armenia’s acting PM’s party leads parliamentary vote, RIA cites electoral commission

Leader of Civil Contract party Nikol Pashinyan casts his vote during the snap parliamentary election in Yerevan

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Armenia’s acting prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan, and his Civil Contract party took an early lead as votes were counted after a parliamentary election on Sunday, the RIA news agency reported, citing the electoral commission.

Armenians were voting in a snap election the government called seeking to end a political crisis that erupted after ethnic Armenian forces lost a bloody six-week war against Azerbaijan last year and ceded territory in and around the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Pashinyan’s party had 58% of the vote in the first figures published by the Central Election Commission (CEC), versus 22% for Armenia Alliance, led by former president Robert Kocharyan, RIA reported.

(Reporting by Alexander Marrow; Editing by Edmund Blair)

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