Serzh Sargsyan Rally in Gyumri © Levon Barseghyan, Gyumri, Armenia, February 15, 2007
Levon Barseghyan, Chairman of the board of Journalists’ Club “Asparez” just came round bringing photos of today’s rally held in Gyumri in support of Prime Minister, Presidential candidate Serzh Sargsyan.
I just watched a DVD put in circulation against Levon Ter-Petrossian – with mixed feelings, but the end result was that of disgust. The DVD containing 3 parts:
- First part contains an utterly disgusting material – made up of total crap! The material claims that Levon Ter-Petrossian’s father was a KGB agent and used to be called Traitor Hakob in Syria, and that his grandfather was a Village Mayor in Musa Ler who was constantly cooperating with Turks. It further claims, that Ter-Petrossian’s real father is a wealthy Turk, and not the above mentioned Traitor Hakob and a lot more crap in the same key. The unofficial “Armenian Nationalist Youth Movement” assumes responsibility for the material. I can add – that this is perhaps the most disgusting thing I’ve seen in this campaign so far – really utterly disgusting.
- The second part consists of some of the materials published on Uzogh’s blog several days ago. I must say, that the sections Uzogh has published on his blog are quite ok – in fact, I find it useful to remind everybody, what crimes have been committed against the Armenian nation with silent consent, or perhaps, even direct order of now presidential candidate Levon Ter-Petrossian. I find it horrible, that this man – Ter-Petrossian is continuously remembering Vano Siradeghyan, with fond words and calling him a great writer.
- The third part has someone calling himself a former KGB agent, who claims, that October 27 was organized by Levon Ter-Petrossian – this one is just so out of the way, that I couldn’t keep my laughter.
This DVD is apparently being distributed in response to the DVD containing compromising material against Serzh Sargsyan and Robert Kocharyan, that the LTP supporters have been giving out since October 2007. At any rate, I find this one, and the material in the First Part as described above totally morally wrong… going any futher in describing the creators would make me use improper wording, so I’ll stop. Let me just add, that although the materials on the DVD contain stuff from sources like AR TV, A1+, etc., I have reasons to believe, that it was edited and produced at Yerkir-Media studio. Adding to that the unofficial “Armenian Nationalist Youth Movement” – which sounds pretty Dashnak to me – has made me so utterly disappointed in my favorite ARF-Dashnaktsutyun, that I am now totally lost. This is just not a way to do a proper campaign!
Looking at excited faces, listening to hundreds of arguments as to who will win, and why its good for the country, I’m getting to the point, when I really really don’t care. I used to argue myself for this or that candidate, more specifically, over the past couple of months I sincerely believed, that the best option would be if we had an ARF-Dashnaktsutyun president, who would be facing a Republican parliament, and that would give some character to the Armenian Foreign Policy, and bring more socially oriented economic policies.
Today – I want to make a very subjective forecast of who are the first 5 presidential candidates in terms of voter sympathy (and I’m making this estimation based on my conversations with people of various backgrounds and careful reading of a lot of analytical material):
- I still see Serzh Sargsyan as the front runner – he might have close to 35% of voter sympathy.
- I have a feeling, that excellent PR and aggressive campaigning finally did it – and Levon Ter-Petrossian now has perhaps 20% of vote.
- Artur Baghdasaryan is the third.
- ARF-Dashnaktsutyun is coming forth.
- Vazgen Manukyan is probably the fifth.
Really – this is depressing, because I can’t stand either Serzh or Levon, and looks like either one of them will be president. On the other hand, I don’t thing things will be getting any worse, and today all I’m hoping for is democratic elections – so the image of the country doesn’t suffer once again, and really hope, that whoever comes to power, does it in a way, to be able to claim a reasonable degree of legitimacy.
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