Sasuntsi Anarchist from the ALS Movement claims to have discovered why “Gagik Tsarukian’s Prosperous Armenia Party does not appear among the registered parties list”, and the reason that they “have been refused registration as a political party because they still don’t have a manifesto“!
Moreover, the ALS Movement have added a mock Banana Republic seciton to their blog the sole purpose of which is “to ridicule Bargavatch Hayastan and this whole political unseriousness in Armenia.”
From next week CRD / TI Armenia Election Monitor 2007 “will start to focus on how civil society in Armenia is preparing for the election, the kind of activities NGOs are engaged in, and what people actually think.”
This particular post focused more on “vote buying” excercised during the 2003 elections and the outcomes of a recent US government funded poll (August, 2007, by International Republican Institute, the Gallup Organization and the Armenian Sociological Association) on voter attitudes. The Monitor has some facts and figures from the study showing voter attitudes, which RFE/RL described as widespread voter cynicism while Armenia Now covered the story from a different angle and reported that 6.2 out of 10 Armenians want change and that most citizens will cast their votes.
Armenia Blog reflects on the recent killing of the Armenian soldier, major Ervand Pashikyan (b. in 1958) by an Azeri sniper, and finds it especially disappointing that “virtually nothing is done after such killings: a few words condemning the act here, a few harsh words there, and that’s it. Then again, short of an all-out war, what can be done? Obviously, we have to involve the international community, but all too often these soldiers get forgotten shortly after all is said and done.”
RFE/RL reports that Stepan Demirchian, leader of the opposition People’s Party (HZhK), will not seek to form any electoral alliances with other political parties to contest the May parliamentary election. This follows news that the former Speaker of Parliament, Artur Baghdasarian, has also ruled out forming alliances with other opposition parties in Armenia and earlier reports that negotiations on an alliance between the People’s Party and National Unity had been held in January.
In her post “It’s not all gold that shines…” the Armenian Odar says “…at least one of the Hummers making Yerevan’s streets unsafe, uses gas. The owner had the petroltank replaced by gastanks in the hatchback, because gas is cheaper than petrol.”
Armenian Odar only fell off her chair laughing at this, while I remember nearly having a heart attack when I first found out… 🙂
In the meanwhile the President of Armenia – yet another one of our oligarchs according to this rather dubious list of Top Ten Rich People in the country, is having all fun and no work according to this post by the Armenia Blog: “Robert Kocharyan to Vacation in Paris.”
David_S talks of “quite well founded rumours” that selling anonymous mobile phone SIM cards might soon be forbidden. The mobile operators will require valid identification before selling prepaid mobile SIM cards like the Armentel Easy, Go cards and the Viva Cell Allo Cards at the moment. David wonders whether this urge of fighting anonymity will soon reach Internet services as well?
Quote: A serious businessman cannot simultaneously be a good politician.
Аuthor: Leader of the “New Times” (“Nor Zhamanakner”) Aram Karapetyan about the head of the “Prosperous Armenia” party – Gagik Tsarukyan.
ALS Movement discusses the political structure in Armenia, and describes the current situation as “crystallization of political Liberalism (oligarchs) and Conservatism (military) in Armenia (albeit in obviously rachitic and deformed shape) – with no significant 3rd or 4th way politics in sight. “