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UPDATED: 14:47, May 12, 2007
Armenian parliament election kicks off
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Armenian parliament election started Saturday morning with 1,364 candidates running for 131 seats in the single house National Assembly, according to reports reaching Moscow.

About 2.3 million of the more than three million population has resisted voting and the 1,923 polling stations across the Caucasian country have been open since 8:00 a.m. (0300 GMT), according to the Itar-Tass news agency.

More than 20 political parties, including the ruling Republican Party led by Prime Minister Serzh Sarksyan, will strive to win seats after 12 hours of polling.

The election will be monitored by hundreds of local and international observers including those from Russia and Europe.

A total of 41 seats in the parliament will be elected in single-mandate constituencies and another 90, on party ballots, Itar-Tass said.

Source: Xinhua

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