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    Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisyan has won February 19 presidential elections, the country's central election commission announced on Sunday, giving final election results.

    YEREVAN, February 24 (RIA Novosti) - Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisyan has won February 19 presidential elections, the country's central election commission announced on Sunday, giving final election results.

    "Sarkisyan gained 862,369 votes or 52.82%," Garegin Azaryan, the head of the Armenian central election commission, said.

    His nearest rivals, Armenia's first president Levon-Ter-Petrosyan and ex-parliamentary speaker Artur Bagdasaryan received 21.5% (351,222 votes) and 17.7% (272,427 votes), respectively. Six other candidates gained less than 10% of the votes, the central election commission said.

    A total of 1.67 million people took part in the country's elections, with voter turnout of almost 70%.

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