Armenian state officials 'planned post-election coup'

Several high state officials planned a coup in Armenia after the defeat of the opposition there in last week's presidential election, the state leadership was quoted as saying Sunday.

Armenian state officials 'planned post-election coup'
Several high state officials loyal to former president Levon Ter-Petrosian planned a coup in Armenia after the defeat of the opposition there in last week's presidential election, the state leadership was quoted as saying Sunday.

Police detained deputy prosecutor-general Gagik Jangiryan, his brother and two justice officials, Interfax news agency reported from Yerevan.

In addition, President Robert Kocharian dismissed the deputy foreign minister and three ambassadors who had backed the opposition, the report said.

Ter-Petrosian, who won 21.43 per cent of Tuesday's vote, had accused the government during the election of a slew of violations including the beating and kidnapping of supporters.

Official results from the Central Election Committee (CEC) showed Wednesday that Sarkisian took 52.86 per cent of the vote with the final ballots counted.

The results put Sarkisian just over the 50 per cent needed to avoid a run-off with the second-place finisher after a bitterly contested election campaign.

Observers of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said the day after polling that it had fulfilled in large part the criteria for a democratic election.

But the OSCE said public mistrust in the electoral process and interference by state apparati had to be reduced in the future.

Agencies
Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Şubat 2008, 17:26
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