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The presidential candidate from the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA), Serzh Sargsyan, gained victory in the first round of honest, democratic and free election, and it's time for Raffi Hovannisian to realize it, RPA Spokesperson Eduard Sharmazanov told ArmInfo when commenting on Hovannisian's demand that Sargsyan should "cede the power".
"Several high-ranking officials of the international community have already congratulated Sargsyan on the victory. And our team is launching activities to implement new reforms and build safe Armenia. The past election was quite successful, and the votes in our candidate's favor were by 6% more than during the presidential election in 2008. I express my gratitude to all those who trusted their vote to Serzh Sargsyan", he said.
When commenting on Raffi Hovannisian's statement that the protest actions and rallies will be continued and may lead to an orange revolution, Sharmazanov stressed that nobody will disturb the actions if they do not run counter to the law. "I don't think it is possible to destabilize the situation in the country by means of such actions, as there are no prerequisites for that", he said.
To remind, the presidential election in Armenia was held on Feb 18. According to the 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%.