YEREVAN: Armenian President Serzh Sarksyan promised yesterday to make the country secure and stable after cruising to victory in an election which international vote monitors said lacked real competition.
But Sarksyan faces a challenge in his second five-year term to prevent tensions increasing with Azerbaijan over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh that could lead to a new war in the South Caucasus, where pipelines carry Caspian oil and gas to Europe.
Preliminary results showed Sarksyan won 58.6 percent of votes cast in Monday’s election, enough to avoid a run-off. But his victory provoked allegations of fraud from his opponents.
“Armenia chose the path towards a safe Armenia and I am happy and proud of the fact that every resident of Armenia will be on that path,” Sarksyan, 58, told celebrating supporters.