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Armenians Vote In Favor of Constitutional Reforms

Armenian officials say voters have overwhelmingly approved a series of constitutional amendments aimed at strengthening democracy in the former Soviet-ruled country.

Officials said Monday preliminary results show Sunday's national referendum passed with more than 90 percent support, and turnout exceeded the one-third minimum needed to make the vote valid. A similar referendum in 2003 failed due to low turnout.

The new amendments strengthen the separation of powers among the judicial, executive and legislative branches of government. Armenians also voted in favor of a new law to allow the large number of ethnic Armenians living in other countries to have dual citizenship.

The United States and the Council of Europe support the constitutional reforms.

Opposition leaders urged voters to boycott the referendum.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.