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Exit Poll: Armenia's Ruling Party Won Election

Armenian President and Republican Party President Serzh Sarkisian speaks to press after he voted during parliamentary elections in Yerevan, Armenia on Sunday, May 6, 2012. President's wife Rita Sarkisian smiles at left.

An exit poll shows that Armenia's ruling Republican Party won parliamentary elections held on Sunday.

The survey by Gallup International Association shows President Serzh Sarkisian's party won roughly 44 percent of the vote.

The exit poll shows the Prosperous Armenia Party in second place with nearly 29 percent of the vote.

The two parties were partners in Armenia's previous coalition government.

President Sarkisian's ruling party was hoping to win more than half of the 131 seat in the national assembly and avoid having to enter another power-sharing deal.

Armenians voted Sunday in the country's first elections since 2008, when a presidential poll sparked deadly clashes between police and protesters.

The parliamentary campaigns centered on unemployment, poverty and Armenia's long-running disputes with neighbors Turkey and Azerbaijan.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.