New opposition group criticizes the Trio, calls for cooperation of civic-political groups

Armenia -- Nikol Pashinian (C) and other leaders of the Civil Contract movement speak to journalists, Yerevan, 13Oct2014.

Armenia — Nikol Pashinian (C) and other leaders of the Civil Contract movement speak to journalists, Yerevan, 13Oct2014

The problem with blogging in a small country like Armenia is that eventually you’ll have to blog about your friends and it becomes hard to remain honest and impartial…

I’ve been keeping an eye out for the political union called Civil Contract since their first media appearance late last year, when some of my Sksela friends led by Nikol Pashinian, one of the most charismatic and vocal opposition figures, announced about the creation of the group with the ambitious task to unseat President Serzh Sarkisian and democratize Armenia.
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Looking Beyond Emotions: Armenia Joins the Eurasian Union

Belarus- Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian signs an accession treaty with the Eurasian Economic Union, Minsk, 10Oct2014.

Belarus- Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian signs an accession treaty with the Eurasian Economic Union, Minsk, 10Oct2014.

It was hardly a surprise for an average Armenian to learn on Friday that the country’s President signed the agreement to join the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. Here’s why: Russia’s president Vladimir Putin wanted us there and the Russian Tzar always has his way here in Armenia; our so called Public TV touted the benefits of joining the Russia-led block for a whole year; all the political analysts said it is the only way to save Karabakh; our relatives in Russia said it is great for sending money transfers and job prospects for them and the major opposition forces refused to speak against Moscow’s decision to pull us back into the USSR swamp.

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Opposition flexes its muscles in Yerevan

Armenia - Leader of "Prosperous Armenia" party Gagik Tsarukian and former President Levon Ter-Petrosian at an opposition rally in Yerevan, 10Oct2014.

Armenia – Leader of “Prosperous Armenia” party Gagik Tsarukian and former President Levon Ter-Petrosian at an opposition rally in Yerevan, 10Oct2014.

Three non-government parliamentary parties staged a demonstration of power on Friday, as they organized the most bewildering of political rallies I have ever seen in Armenia.

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What to Expect Given The History of Armenia’s Past Post-Election Developments

A1plus is presenting this great archive video with lessons of the past about Armenia’s post-election developments. My main takeaway – all past elections have ended in post-election developments, but opposition has never won. However, things are different this time: Continue reading

President Sarkissian Defeats The Armenian People to Win Re-election

Armenia --- President Serzh Sarkissian votes in February 18 presidential elections, Yerevan, 18Feb2013

Armenia — President Serzh Sarkissian votes in February 18 presidential elections, Yerevan, 18Feb2013

Preliminary data from the Central Election Commission (CEC)  shows that with ballots counted in all 1988 polling stations president Serzh Sarkissian scored a comfortable 58.6% win in Monday’s presidential elections.
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