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Armenia's Kocharyan, Pashinyan in Tight Race as Parties Vie for Legislature Seats, Poll Shows

© AP Photo / Sergei GritsPeople read their ballot papers at a polling station during a parliamentary election in Yerevan, Armenia, Sunday, 20 June 2021. Armenians are voting in a national election after months of tensions over last year's defeat in fighting against Azerbaijan over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
People read their ballot papers at a polling station during a parliamentary election in Yerevan, Armenia, Sunday, 20 June 2021. Armenians are voting in a national election after months of tensions over last year's defeat in fighting against Azerbaijan over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh. - Sputnik International, 1920, 20.06.2021
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Ex-Armenian President Robert Kocharyan's Armenia Alliance and acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan's Civil Contract Party are the projected leaders of the snap parliamentary elections, according to a survey conducted by Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

The poll was conducted from 6 to 14 June among 992 Armenian citizens. The margin of error does not exceed 3.2%.

As per the survey results, 32% of respondents said they would vote for the Armenia Alliance. Pashinyan's party, in turn, was supported by 24%.

© Sputnik / PAN Photo / Go to the photo bank Former Armenian President Robert Kocharyan
 Former Armenian President Robert Kocharyan - Sputnik International
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Former Armenian President Robert Kocharyan
© Sputnik / Viktor Tolochko / Go to the photo bankArmenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan attends an expanded meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council in Minsk, Belarus.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan (File) - Sputnik International
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Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan attends an expanded meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council in Minsk, Belarus.
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Former Armenian President Robert Kocharyan
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Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan attends an expanded meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council in Minsk, Belarus.

In the meantime, one of the leaders of Kocharyan's political bloc, Vahe Hakobyan, told reporters that the alliance would win a landslide victory in the elections.

"It will be a landslide victory. I do not rule out that they [Pashinyan's government] will try to incite clashes out of despair, but they will not succeed. We will not succumb to provocations and we urge the people not to succumb to provocations either", Hakobyan said.

The politician added that there were election irregularities recorded, especially at the military units.

Armenians headed to the polls on Sunday. Over 2,000 polling stations were opened across the country at 4:00 GMT for the citizens to cast their ballots, as the nation is trying to cope with a political crisis triggered by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Twenty-one parties and four blocs are taking part in the elections.

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