Armenian presidential candidate Ter-Petrosian challenges election results in court

Interfax News Agency, Russia
Russia & CIS General Newswire
February 29, 2008 Friday 9:36 PM MSK

YEREVAN Feb 29 -- Former Armenian President and presidential candidate
Levon Ter-Petrosian has filed a suit with the Armenian Constitutional
Court in an effort to challenge the results of the recent presidential
election.

"The suit filed by the candidate has been accepted for consideration,
and the date for the hearing will be set later," Constitutional Court
press secretary Ovannes Papikian told Interfax on Friday.

In line with the law On the Constitutional Court, the court has to
issue a ruling on disputes regarding results of presidential elections
within ten days upon receiving an appeal.

Tigran Karapetian, another presidential candidate, filed a similar
suit with the Constitutional Court on February 28.

Armenia held presidential elections on February 19, in which nine
candidates ran. Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan was proclaimed the winner
with 52.82% of the vote. Ter-Petrosian was said to have garnered 21.5%
and Artur Bagdasarian 17.7%.

Supporters of Ter-Petrosian have been protesting in Yerevan since
February 20 demanding that the official election results be annulled
and new elections held.