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Armenia is electing its fourth parliament Saturday, with 22 parties and one election bloc running for the 131-seat legislature in the South Caucasus nation.
YEREVAN, May 12 (RIA Novosti) - Armenia is electing its fourth parliament Saturday, with 22 parties and one election bloc running for the 131-seat legislature in the South Caucasus nation.

More than 2 million are expected to cast their votes in the country, which will face presidential elections next spring. About 53 local organizations and six international missions are monitoring the polls.

In the runup to the elections, thousands of opposition supporters gathered in the streets of Yerevan, the capital, Thursday to protest against the rule of President Robert Kocharyan and demand his resignation. The opposition also vowed to resume protests Sunday if the elections turned out to be fraudulent.

The favorite of the race is the Republican Party of Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisyan, which is running together with Prosperous Armenia and Dashnatsutyun.

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