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Armenian Opposition Supporters Resume Protests In Yerevan

Armenian opposition supporters rally against President Serzh Sarkisian's election victory in front of his residence in Yerevan on February 21.
YEREVAN -- Several thousand opposition supporters are rallying again in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, to protest the official results of the February 18 election that returned incumbent President Serzh Sarkisian to office.

About 8,000 supporters of former Foreign Minister Raffi Hovannisian, Sarkisian's main challenger, gathered in central Yerevan on February 22.

Hovannisian was expected to tell his supporters about discussions he had with Sarkisian at a meeting at the president's office on February 21.

Sarkisian was declared the winner of the presidential election with 58.64 percent of the vote, Hovannisian finished in second place with 36.75 percent.

After the results were announced, Hovannisian said the vote was rigged.

Activists of the nationalist Dashnaktsutyun party and former presidential candidate Andrias Ghukasian joined the demonstrators on February 22.