Armenian PM's bloc seen winning parliamentary vote

Acting Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian gestures as he leaves a polling station during an early parliamentary election in Yerevan, Armenia, Sun

Acting Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian gestures as he leaves a polling station during an early parliamentary election in Yerevan, Armenia, Sun

Armenians fill their ballot papers at a polling station during an early parliamentary election in Yerevan, Armenia, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. The charisma

Armenians fill their ballot papers at a polling station during an early parliamentary election in Yerevan, Armenia, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. The charisma

Acting Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian casts his ballot in a polling station during an early parliamentary election in Yerevan, Armenia, Sunda

Acting Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian casts his ballot in a polling station during an early parliamentary election in Yerevan, Armenia, Sunda

Election officials wait for voters in a polling station during an early parliamentary election in Yerevan, Armenia, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. The charisma

Election officials wait for voters in a polling station during an early parliamentary election in Yerevan, Armenia, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. The charisma

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Preliminary results in Armenia's snap parliamentary election show the electoral bloc of the country's new leader winning an overwhelming majority.

A preliminary count from all precincts posted on the website of the Armenian Central Election Commission on Monday show Nikol Pashinian's My Step bloc with more than 70 percent of the vote.

A 43-year-old former journalist, Pashinian took over as prime minister in May after spearheading massive protests that forced his predecessor to step down. He had pushed for an early parliamentary election to win control of the chamber that was dominated by his political foes.

The former ruling Republican Party was shown polling less than 5 percent, which means it will be unlikely to make it into parliament.

The results have yet to be officially announced.