As expected by most people, the Constitutional Court has upheld the election results, confirming the presidency for Sargsyan. Without time to conduct a thorough recount (and including possible bias within the Court), the result was almost a foregone conclusion. Thus, come April 9th, Sargsyan will be reaffirmed as the president, minus some (unlikely) massive popular protest. The logic of the verdict, as best as I can determine, is that the election rigging was sporadic and not systematic. Thus, without systematic fraud, the sporadic fraud wasn’t enough to change the ultimate results. I really wish I knew what the Court said in response to the numerous statistical studies that suggest systematic fraud.
Raffi plans on continuing his hunger strike in Freedom Square. Raffi pitched a free standing canopy (as there was battling over whether he could have a tent). (Repeat of Mashtots Park?) So far, he has made no official statement regarding the Court’s verdict. It’s possible he’ll do so later today or at the planned rally tomorrow at 5pm.
Update: Raffi publishes a response in the Moscow Times saying that Sargsyan stole the election and that the movement will fight “to the very end.”
In related news, a deputy prosecutor shed his neutrality to call on the Constitutional Court to reject the electoral challenge. Also, popular performer Vardan Petrosyan, who appeared at one of Raffi’s rallies, was planning on meeting with students at the French University. Unfortunately the event had to be cancelled since the school authorities said that any student who met with him would be expelled.