YEREVAN, February 21. / ARKA /. Hundreds of Armenians protesting against the results of the February 18 presidential election remain on Liberty Square, despite the appeal of Heritage party leader Raffi Hovhannisian to go home and come tomorrow at 5 when he and his supporters are to hold another rally to demand that president-elect Serzh Sargsyan “transfer the power to the Armenian people.”
However, several hundred protesters, headed by a parliament member Nikol Pashinian from the opposition Armenian National Congress, stay at Liberty Square and more citizens are joining them.
Pashinyan refused to comment on further actions of the protesters.
Raffi Hovannisian, who has declared himself the rightful winner of the February 18 polls, demanded on Tuesday that Sargsyan come and meet and discuss with him “the transfer of power to the Armenian people.” However, he and several hundreds of his supporters marched to the presidential residence today, where he was received by Sargsyan. The meeting was closed for journalists. Only Hovanissian’s son and his personal cameraman were allowed into the residence.
According to the preliminary results of the polls, announced by the Central Election Commission (CEC), Serzh Sargsyan was reelected after garnering 58.64 percent of the vote, while Hovanissian gathered 36.74 percent of the vote. -0-