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Independent MP, representative of the Elections Oversight Committee of Armenia Naira Zohrabyan has addressed a letter to Head of the OSCE/ODIHR election observation mission Owen Murphy, as reported the Elections Oversight Committee.

The letter reads as follows:

“Dear Mr. Murphy,

During his campaign meetings, candidate of Civil Contract Party for Prime Minister, acting Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan continues to use unacceptable terms, including calls for hatred, violence, split of society and to lead people to fight against each other.

During a meeting with voters in the city of Abovyan today, Pashinyan showed up with a hammer and declared the following: “This is a very important symbol; it represents who should be removed and who should be nailed.”

The Elections Oversight Committee demands that the OSCE/ODIHR either responds to this and publicly condemns the behavior of candidate of Civil Contract Party for Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, or substantiates, with facts, that showing a hammer and threatening political opponents with that is an acceptable and ordinary behavior for leaders in Europe.

Let us record that, to date, the OSCE/ODIHR has not responded to the unacceptable words and phrases and calls for violence in society that are heard during the election campaign.”

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