By Mikayel Zolyan.
Post-election protests are the rule rather than the exception, when it comes to elections in many post-Soviet countries. However, even for a place as turbulent as post-Soviet Caucasus, when a presidential candidate, who came second (according to official results), starts a hunger strike, this is something unusual. That is exactly what is happening in Armenia these days. Raffi Hovannisian, opposition leader, who received 36.7 % according to the official results of the February 18th elections, is continuing his hunger strike in Yerevan's central Liberty Square. While Hovannisian's result is already quite impressive compared to post-Soviet standards (incumbent Serzh Sargsyan received 58.6 %), opposition supporters claim that the election has been stolen and the real winner is Hovannisian. Hovannisian calls on Sargsyan, whom he refers to as 'former president', to leave the post and vows to fight for justice, whatever the price. Mass rallies in support of Hovannisian's claims started immediately on the day after the presidential elections on February 18 and continue to this day, albeit with less enthusiasm than in the beginning.