Armenia – Ruling party loses an election is reporting that President Sarkisian’s ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) has lost an election.

It was a local mayoral election for the town of Ijevan in the north of the country. The HHK incumbent was defeated by the candidate from the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK), which is part of the ruling coalition.

The report states that the HHK candidate won 39% and the BHK candidate won 57.3%.

This is interesting news because the HHK rarely loses any sort of election and national elections are scheduled for 2012. Armenia is not an Electoral Democracy, but it does have a multi-party system and there is a degree of electoral competition.

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