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President elected by popular vote for a five-year term; special election last held 30 March 1998 (next to be held NA March 2008); prime minister appointed by the president.
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*[[President]]: elected by popular vote for a five-year term
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*[[Prime Minister]] appointed by the president
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*Legislative Branch: Unicameral [[National Assembly]] (Parliament) or Azgayin Zhoghov (131 seats; members serve four-year terms)
  
March 2003 election results: Robert KOCHARIAN elected president; percent of vote - Robert KOCHARIAN 59%, Karen DEMIRCHYAN 41%
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==List of elections==
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===Presidential Elections===
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*[[Armenian Presidential Election 1991]] (shortly before collapse of USSR)
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*[[Armenian Presidential Election 1996]]
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*[[Armenian Presidential Election 1998]] (special election upon presidential resignation)
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*[[Armenian Presidential Election 2003]]
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*[[Armenian Presidential Election 2008]]
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*[[Armenian Presidential Election 2013]]
  
Legislative branch: unicameral National Assembly (Parliament) or Azgayin Zhoghov (131 seats; members serve four-year terms)
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===Parliamentary Elections===
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*[[Armenian Parliamentary Election 1919]] (first Armenian republic)
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*[[Armenian Parliamentary Election 1990]] (before collapse of USSR)
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*[[Armenian Parliamentary Election 1995]]
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*[[Armenian Parliamentary Election 1999]]
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*[[Armenian Parliamentary Election 2003]]
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*[[Armenian Parliamentary Election 2007]]
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*[[Armenian Parliamentary Election 2012]]
  
30 May 1999 Election Results: percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - unity bloc 61 (Republican Party 41, People's Party of Armenia 20), Stability Group (independent Armenian deputies who have formed a bloc) 21, ACP 10, independents 10, ARF (Dashnak) 8, Law and Unity Party 7, NDU 6, Law-Governed Party 6, unfilled 2; note - seats by party change frequently
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==Election related articles==
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*[[U.S. Offers $6 Million Election-Related Assistance to Armenia]]
  
Spring 2003 election results??  (www.?.am)
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U.S. Offers $6 Million Election-Related Assistance to Armenia
 
 
 
By Anna Saghabalian
 
 
 
U.S. Ambassador John Evans has reiterated today the importance his
 
government attaches to the next parliamentary and presidential elections
 
in Armenia.
 
 
 
`In our view the elections in 2007 and 2008 provide a golden opportunity
 
for Armenia to reaffirm its chosen path towards democracy and to
 
overcome some of the problems the country had in the past,' Evans said
 
at a joint press conference with USAID Program Head Robin Philips on
 
Thursday, adding that the United States has always supported democratic
 
reforms in Armenia, but `a free, fair and transparent conduct of the
 
2007 and 2008 elections has a particular importance for the country's
 
future'.
 
 
 
According to the ambassador, it is important that the elections are
 
considered free and fair by the international community, but most
 
importantly that they be considered free and fair by voters in Armenia
 
itself.
 
 
 
For this purpose the U.S. Government has drafted a program to assist
 
Armenia in holding free and fair parliamentary and presidential
 
elections in 2007 and 2008.
 
 
 
According to Evans, the U.S. Congress has already approved this program
 
and around $6 million will be allocated for different educational,
 
technical and other assistance projects to be implemented in Armenia. He
 
also said that the program was discussed with Armenia's authorities, who
 
positively responded to it.
 
 
 
The U.S. election-related assistance includes various trainings and
 
educational programs for voters, proxies, media, incentives and grants
 
for NGOs, publication of electoral laws and other documents.
 
 
 
Among the objectives of this assistance is also to address the problem
 
of voter list accuracy in Armenia. But according to the ambassador, this
 
process will start only at the beginning of 2006.
 
 
 
Asked about his attitude towards revolutions, a subject widely
 
speculated on in Armenia before next month's referendum on
 
constitutional amendments, the U.S. Ambassador said: `I can make it very
 
clear ` the United States is not for street revolutions. A revolution is
 
a result of failure. We are for an evolutionary development and we think
 
that leaders must be elected through ballot-boxes and not in the
 
street.'
 
 
 
Asked about how effective this assistance will prove in grappling with
 
corrupt practices typical of Armenian elections, Evans said: `There have
 
been some lessons learned over the last few years precisely in this part
 
of the world. I think it should be clear to all that the time of vote
 
riggings is over. I am more optimistic today. I believe that with the
 
presence of political will and with the assistance of the experts we
 
will invite we can achieve real changes.'
 
 
 
Responding to recent accusations alleging that he permitted himself to
 
campaign for constitutional amendments in Armenia, Evans stressed that
 
he simply wanted to state the opinion of the U.S. on the constitutional
 
reforms in Armenia: `I said I believed it's a positive step. In the very
 
next breath I have always said that the decision is up to Armenian
 
voters.'
 

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