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Armenians to Vote for New Parliament as Power Shift Begins

  • U.S., EU raise fears over ‘voter intimidation’ at polls
  • Elections form part of switch to parliamentary republic
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Armenia holds parliamentary elections on Sunday in the next stage of constitutional reforms intended to shift power away from the presidency. International observers worry the results may be tainted by fraud.

The ruling Republican Party of President Serzh Sargsyan faces four other parties and four political alliances in elections held under a complicated new system of proportional representation. Parties need at least 5 percent of the vote and alliances 7 percent to enter parliament.