Country Report Armenia November 1998 Main report

Political scene: Local elections in Karabakh are held

The people of Nagorny Karabakh went to the polls on 27th September to elect the heads of administration in some 150 towns and villages along with their legislative bodies, in the first local elections in ten years. Figures released by Nagorny Karabakh's Central Election Commission indicated that the turnout exceeded 80% in rural areas but was only 51% in the capital, where Nagorny Karabakh's former interior minister, Karen Babaian, won the election for Stepanakert mayor with 87% of the vote. His opponent, Georgi Petrosian of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Karabakh (ARF), got only 12% of the vote.

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