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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Nagorno-Karabakh Poll

BAKU, Azerbaijan () -- The self-styled leader of Azerbaijan's mainly ethnic Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh won a presidential election over the weekend that has stirred tensions between the Caucasian states.


Robert Kocharyan, who two years ago was elected president of the self-declared republic, won a new, five-year mandate with 86.11 percent of the vote, electoral officials said by telephone Monday from the regional capital Stepanakert.


His rivals, former deputy parliament speaker Boris Arushayan and communist leader Grant Melkumyan, won 6.89 percent and 3.89 percent respectively. Turnout in Sunday's poll was 76 percent and journalists said voting went smoothly.