Union of Armenians of Romania

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Union of Armenians of Romania
PresidentVarujan Vosganian
HeadquartersBd. Carol I, Nr. 43, Sector 2, Bucharest
Ideology Armenian minority politics
Chamber of Deputies
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Senate
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European Parliament
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Website
www.uniuneaarmenilor.ro

The Union of Armenians of Romania (Romanian : Uniunea Armenilor din România, UAR; Armenian : Ռումինիայի հայերի միություն, Ṙowminiayi հayeri miowt̕yown) is an ethnic minority political party in Romania representing the Armenian community.

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History

The UAR contested the 1990 general elections, and despite receiving only 399 votes (0.003%), [1] it won a single seat in the Chamber of Deputies under the electoral law that allows for political parties representing ethnic minority groups to be exempt from the electoral threshold. It has won a seat in every election since.

Electoral history

ElectionChamber of DeputiesSenate
Votes%SeatsVotes%Seats
1990 3990.001
1992 7,1450.071
1996 11,5430.091
2000 21,3020.201
2004 9,8100.101
2008 13,8290.201
2012 10,7610.151
2016 4,8680.071

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