Nothing Exciting: A Preview of Armenian Elections

Armenia -- Photos of presidential candidates at a polling station ahead of Elections 2013, 17Feb2013 | Photolur photo via Azatutyun.am

Armenia — Photos of presidential candidates at a polling station ahead of Elections 2013, 17Feb2013 | Photolur photo via Azatutyun.am

Armenia is heading to the polls today. Reluctantly. Everyone I’ve talked to is sure that the incumbent president Serzh Sarkissian is going to win his second term. Yet not one of those people said they’ll vote for Sarkissian… Continue reading

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Presidential Candidate’s Failed Assassination Attempt: Questions Remain

Hayrikian's Facebook page posted photos of the presidential candidate in the hospital after being shot at. | Photo from Hayrikian's Facebook page

Hayrikian’s Facebook page posted photos of the presidential candidate in the hospital after being shot at. | Photo from Hayrikian’s Facebook page

Ex-Soviet Dissident Paruyr Hayrikian is a great leader, one of the main founders  of the democratic movement in the Soviet Union, an important voice of Armenia’s self-determination and independence in the last days of the Soviet Union and the institution of the newly independent Armenia. However, his political value in today’s Armenia is all but historical. So when I heard the news about assassination attempt against Hayrikian, my first reaction was like: “Why on earth!” Continue reading

Think-Tank Offers Help to International Observers in 2013 Presidential Elections

Armenia - A man is casting his ballot in the parliamentary elections in Armenia, Yerevan, 06May2012 | Photolure

Armenia – A man is casting his ballot in the parliamentary elections in Armenia, Yerevan, 06May2012 | Photolur

Policy Forum Armenia, an independent Armenian think-tank, has put forward a series of recommendations and called upon the international observers to consider those suggestions as a way to enhance fraud-detection techniques in time for the upcoming February 2013 Presidential elections.
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Apathy about Politics in Armenia

Armenia -- President Serzh Sargsyan, Yerevan, December 2012 | Photo from President's official website www.president.am

Armenia — President Serzh Sargsyan, Yerevan, December 2012 | Photo from President’s official website http://www.president.am

The presidential elections are to be held in Armenia on February 18. President Serzh Sarkissian’s reelection seems to be simply a matter of technicality. Apathy reigns among voters and politicians alike.
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