Fri, 30 Jul 2021

YEREVAN -- Armenians have gone to the polls in snap parliamentary elections with tensions running high following months of political crisis fueled by the defeat of Armenian forces by Azerbaijan in a six-week war over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Turnout appeared light as of midday on June 20, though it was slightly higher than the previous vote for parliament in 2018. Polls closed at 8 p.m. local time.

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian called the early elections in response to sustained opposition rallies and dissent within the state over his handling of the war that ended with a Moscow-brokered cease-fire in November.

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