Police officers hold former presidential candidate, Raffi Hovannisian (2nd L), as they stop an opposition march againnst President Serzh Sarkisian's victory in elections in Yerevan, on April 9, 2013. Armenia's Serzh Sarkisian sworn today to a second term as president after winning a disputed victory in February elections. The Hovannisian camp refuses to recognise the election results but so far today there has been no repeat of the violence that marked the 2008 vote which brought Sarkisian to power when 10 people died in clashes with police.
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