Armenian Coalition Party Wants Stricter Punishment For Vote

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The Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK), a junior partner in the country's governing coalition, said on Thursday it will soon propose legal amendments that would set stricter punishment for individuals involved in electoral fraud.

"For us, it is a matter of principle to see fraud masterminds, rather than their petty agents, punished," Naira Zohrabian, a senior BHK member, told journalists "We will find a legal formulation and certainly submit it to the parliament."
Zohrabian did not specify the changes to Armenia's electoral and criminal codes advocated by the BHK.

They are likely to be met with skepticism by Armenian opposition groups. The latter have long accused the BHK and its leader, businessman Gagik Tsarukian, of resorting to violence against opposition activists, vote buying and other election-related abuses.... ... icter.html
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