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The Supreme Body of the ARF has published its statement in regard to the presidential elections.
According to the ARF, the February 18 election proved that justice and aspiration for freedom cannot be killed in people. The election showed that a great part of the society does not recognize the ruling system. Coordinated breaches during the count of votes were used additionally to the administrative and financial resources of the authorities. The outcome of voting showed it was predetermined.
The post-electoral situation, according to the ARF Supreme Body, implies huge responsibility and hard decisions on the authorities and the main opponent, oppositional forces and the active part of the society. People's will cannot be violated. The ARF is with people, the statement reads. The ARF states that a political agenda is needed to lead the country along the path of stable development guaranteeing secure and dignified future for the citizens.
To recall, ARFD did not participate in the election as a sign of protest. It urged its supporters to vote honestly.
To note, by preliminary results of the election, the incumbent President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan obtained 58.64% (861,160 votes), the leader of Heritage Party Raffi Hovannisian - 36.75% (539,672), Hrant Bagratyan - 2.15%, Paruyr Hayrikyan - 1.23%, Andreas Ghukasyan - 0.57%, Vardan Sedrakyan - 0.42%, Arman Melikyan - 0.24%. The CIS and European observers gave generally positive assessment of the presidential election, calling it democratic and legitimate despite some insignificant violations.