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Armenia's ruling party set to win 'milestone' vote

Armenia's ruling party was set to win the first parliamentary elections since

the adoption of constitutional reforms transforming the country into a parliamentary republic, according to official results released on Monday. With votes tallied from 50.4 percent of precincts, the central electoral commission said pro-Russian President Serzh Sarkisian's Republican Party was leading the main opposition coalition, led by wealthy politician Gagik Tsarukyan, by 50.43 to 28.29 percent. "According to the elections' early results, the Republican Party has every chance of forming the new government," the party's spokesman, Eduard Sharmazanov, told a news conference. Dashnaktsutyun, a nationalist party, received 6.88 percent of the vote and is also set to enter the parliament. Turnout was 60.86 percent, the electoral panel said. The West sees the election as a key democratic test for the landlocked nation of 2.9 million, which has no history of transferring power to the opposition through the ballot box. Sarkisian has said his government "made enormous efforts so that (the) milestone vote is flawless."