Armenia President Sarkisian expected to win re-election

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YEREVAN. February 18. KAZINFORM Armenians are voting in a presidential election, with the incumbent Serge Sarkisian expected to win a second five-year term in office.

The vote has been condemned as not presenting voters with any real choice, with observers saying Mr Sarkisian's only credible opponents have withdrawn.

Polls suggest he will win more than 60% of the vote. The Heritage Party leader, Raffi Hovannisian, is his main rival.

Another candidate was shot last month in a suspected assassination attempt.

Paruyr Hayrikyan of the National Self-Determination Union was wounded in the shoulder outside his home near Yerevan. He was readmitted to hospital earlier this week after saying he did not feel well, BBC reported.

A fourth candidate, Andrias Ghukasyan, has meanwhile been on hunger strike since the start of the campaign in an effort to persuade the authorities to annul Mr Sarkisian's candidacy and press international observers to boycott the election.

And a fifth, Arman Melikyan, has said he will not vote on Monday because he believes the poll will be rigged in favour of the president.

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