Armenian Elections: Choice with No Choice

[…]Parliament elections in Armenia are scheduled for May 12. They promise to be interesting, if only for the fact, that they will become а launch pad for the presidential elections in 2008, in which Robert Kocharyan won’t be able to run. It seems, that the main competition for seats in parliament will go on between the pro-government forces, while the opposition will find itself out of the game. […]

These are some of the conclusions made by Kornelij Glas regarding the upcoming elections in an article published at Rosbalt.ru. The blogger has a very insightful analyses of the whole political landscape in the country, giving views and opinions on pro-government and opposition camps and sharing future projections.
EastMeets West blog has also looked at the “Typical Armenian Politics”, mostly looking at the failure of the Armenian opposition to unite and thus form a viable alternative to the pro-government political forces.

[…]Last week talks between opposition parties commenced with Aram Sarkisian initiating them. The goal was to form an alliance, and it failed. Manukian’s National Democratic Union announced that it will boycott the elections, Stepan Demirchian said he’s going at it alone, and poor Raffi Hovannisian was left preaching to deaf ears about how he wished an alliance could be made.[…]

Emil Sanamyan at Yandunts speaks about the latest visit of Armenian opposition leaders to Washington DC, US.

[…]Two Armenian political party leaders were in Washington last week to raise concerns about what they see as unfair treatment of opposition parties in the run-up to Armenia’s May 12, 2007, parliamentary elections. But a Yerevan expert monitoring the pre-election process argued that the picture they presented was incomplete.[…]

The conclusion made by EastMeets West sounds rather as a warning, the warning that has come to the minds of all those concerned with the fate of the country:

[…] That being said, I just hope that May’s elections be fair, and not just because it’s the way it should be, but because Armenia has a lot at stake riding on these elections. […]

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    […] seen in the developments around the constitutional referendum.” (Kornelij Glas)Following an earlier analysis of the Armenian political landscape two weeks ago, Kornelij Glas has another in-depth analysis of […]

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