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26 01 2013
Knesset Elections took place in Israel

 

19th Knesset elections are announced realized. According to the results from the Central Electoral Commission a high turnout of voters has been recorded – 66.6%. Most of the Armenians living in Israel have actively participated in these elections. The votes were mostly distributed between Meretz party and a newly created party Yesh Atid which literally translated means “There is a future”.

We visited one of the polling stations, located in a school not far from the center of Petah Tiqwa, inhabited by many Armenians.  Not far from the polling station, members of the ruling party Likud-Beyteinu and alliance were sitting; three former Soviet Union pensioners. We did not notice cars bringing people to the polling station or excessive gatherings of people. The atmosphere was very quiet.

We met the citizen of Petah Tiqwa Tamara Avetisyan who had come with her daughter-in-law and grandchildren to take part in the elections. “I have voted for Meretz party because it is the first party in Israel that aroused the question of the Armenian Genocide. It is already the 5th year that this party arises the issues of the Armenian Genocide in Knesset. That is why we have decided to vote for Mertz party, as friends of the Armenian nation”.

I would like to mention again that the results of the election are preliminary for now. Meretz party according to preliminary data has received 7 mandates that are more than during previous elections.

 
 Translation by Amalia Harutyunyan
 
 
 

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