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2015 Nagorno-Karabakh parliamentary election

Nagorno-Karabakh parliamentary election, 2015

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All 33 seats to the National Assembly
17 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
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Leader Arayik Harutyunyan Artur Aghabekyan Ashot Ghulian
Party Free Motherland ARF Democratic Party
Last election 14 seats, 44.2% 6 seats, 19.1% 7 seats, 27.0%
Seats won 15 7 6
Seat change Increase 1 Increase 1 Decrease 1
Popular vote 32,632 12,965 13,105
Percentage 47.35% 18.81% 19.10%

  Fourth party Fifth party
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Leader Vitaly Balasanyan Hayk Khanumyan
Party Movement 88 National Revival
Last election New New
Seats won 2 1
Seat change Increase 2 Increase 1
Popular vote 4,778 3,709
Percentage 6.93% 5.38%

Prime Minister before election

Arayik Harutyunyan
Free Motherland

Elected Prime Minister

Arayik Harutyunyan
Free Motherland

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Parliamentary elections were held in the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic on 3 May 2015.[1]

Background

Nagorno-Karabakh declared its independence from Azerbaijan in 1991. A conflict took place between 1988 and 1994 which resulted in Nagorno-Karabakh, with Armenian support, becoming de facto independent from Azerbaijan. However it has not been internationally recognised and Azerbaijan still claims the area as part of its state.[2]

Results

Party Proportional Constituency Total
seats
+/–
Votes % Seats Votes % Seats
Free Motherland 32,632 47.35 11 4 15 +1
Democratic Party of Artsakh 13,105 19.10 4 2 6 –1
Armenian Revolutionary Federation 12,965 18.81 4 3 7 +1
Movement 88 4,778 6.93 2 0 2 New
National Revival 3,709 5.38 1 0 1 New
Communist Party of Artsakh 1,136 1.65 0 0 0 0
Peace and Development 591 0.86 0 0 0 0
Independents 2 2 –4
Invalid/blank votes 3,380 4,232
Total 72,296 100 22 69,831 100 11 33
Registered voters/turnout 102,042 70.88 98,920 70.59
Source: CEC, CEC, Caucasian Knot

Reactions

Azerbaijan, the European Union, the United States and Turkey all said that they did not recognise the elections.[3][1][4]

References

  1. ^ a b West and Azerbaijan denounce Nagorno-Karabakh ‘elections’ EurActive, 4 May 2015
  2. ^ "Karabakh holds disputed elections". BBC Online. 19 June 2005. Retrieved 8 March 2009.
  3. ^ Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry: so-called elections in Nagorno-Karabakh can’t have any legal status AzerTag, 5 May 2015
  4. ^ Turkey says May 3 elections in Nagorno-Karabakh violate int’l law Archived 3 May 2015 at the Wayback Machine. Today's Zaman, 1 May 2015