Armenian president's party leads parliamentary election

YEREVAN - Armenian President Serzh Sarksyan's Republican Party is on course to win Sunday's parliamentary election, the Central Election Commission (CEC) said.
Its main partner in the previous coalition, the Prosperous Armenia party led by wealthy businessman Gagik Tsarukyan, was set to finish second, the CEC said on its website.
After counting results from more than 50 percent of the polling stations, the CEC said the Republican Party had won 46.23 percent and Prosperous Armenia 30.72 percent of the vote.
According to preliminary results, three more parties are likely to win the 5 percent of votes needed to enter parliament in the former Soviet republic.