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Armenian President Robert Kocharyan has announced that the state of emergency
Armenian President Robert Kocharyan has announced that the state of emergency imposed in the country's capital, Yerevan, on March 1 will not be extended after it expires at midnight.

"I can see no reason to extend the state of emergency in Yerevan. From tomorrow the capital of our republic will see a normal state of affairs, not a state of emergency," the outgoing president told a news conference on Thursday.

Kocharyan declared a state of emergency in Yerevan after protests over allegedly rigged presidential polls turned violent.

Eight people were killed and over 130 wounded in the city in clashes between police and supporters of Levon Ter-Petrosyan, who was defeated by Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisyan in the February 19 vote.

Sarkisyan denied earlier this month that the polls were rigged in his favor, insisting that he had won the presidential elections fairly.

"I believe that I won an honest victory at the presidential elections, all the more so as I had earlier received the people's trust at the parliamentary election [in May 2007]," he said.

Sarkisyan gained 52.8% of the vote against Levon Ter-Petrosyan's 21.5%.


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