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Պատասխանը: Ответ: Պատասխանը: Elections of president in Armenia 2008 Նախագահական ընտրությունները Հայաստանում Президентские выборы в Армении

Armenian Assembly of America Statement on Post Election Developments in Armenia

March 01, 2008

Washington, DC - The Armenian Assembly of America continues to closely monitor the ongoing developments that are unfolding in Armenia following the February 19th presidential election and has received calls from across the country expressing concern and the need to ensure that all parties adhere to the rule of law and refrain from violence.

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The Armenian Assembly notes the concerns raised by our members and supporters. We have posted election-related statements and evaluations from around the world on our website, and plan to update this information regularly. We believe that free, fair and democratic elections are critical to the future of the Republic of Armenia and congratulate the people for their carrying out their rights before, during and after the elections. All Armenians benefit when elections are conducted in accordance with international standards and norms.

This period will serve as a crucial test for Armenia's young democracy. The issues that have emerged will require great attention, of which an impartial judicial process and the integrity of the Constitutional Court will also be essential. We urge that all election-related issues raised by voters and observers be addressed. We further urge all sides to maintain peace and order, and in strongest terms, urge all parties to refrain from resorting to violence. We are confident that the authorities will act in accordance with the best interests of the Armenian people.

Furthermore, while we welcome third party acknowledgment of improvements in Armenia's election process, we recognize that the true judgment rests with its citizenry. Active participation of any electorate is a strong indication of the desire for and commitment to democracy. Armenians chose democracy 20 years ago during the Karabakh movement and continue this choice for freedom and democracy today.

We expect that in a democracy, voters would be free from intimidation and that public television and the media would fairly report and cover the election process. Freedom of the press is a cornerstone of democracy.

The future of Armenia is too important and no one can afford to take a step backwards.

Established in 1972, the Armenian Assembly of America is the largest Washington-based nationwide organization promoting public understanding and awareness of Armenian issues. It is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt membership organization.
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