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September 22, 1996
Web posted at: 1:00 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT)

Armenians head to polls for presidential election

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YEREVAN, Armenia (CNN) -- Armenians headed to the voting booth Sunday in an election that pits President Levon Ter-Petrosyan against former prime minister Vazgen Manukyan for a new five-year term.

The 2.4 million electorate in the mountainous Caucasus state between Iran, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey had until 10 p.m.(1800 GMT) to cast ballots.

Ter-Petrosyan has led the country through the last five years of economic hardship and independence.

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