- The Cost of Corruption
- Armenia to surpass Azerbaijan and Georgia by GDP per capita. IMF
- A Facebook user detained on pretext of "endangering national security" in Armenia
- Record number of passengers in Yerevan airport; new, affordable flight routs to Armenia
- Armenia Issues A Statement on Developments in Baghdad
Before I go on doing more reviews of Armenian blogs on this blog review, I find it important, to state my position loud and clear on the passed elections, so when I do my next roundup of the blogosphere, you will know what are my potential sources of subjectivity.
Having become highly cynical and pragmatic on democratic system of government and its capacity to really reflect the will of people anywhere in the world, including the most advanced democracies, I must state re the Armenian elections, that I’m satisfied with the outcomes: I have been writing about the need to get rid of many stupid-little person-based political parties and having 5-6 parties in Parliament, who will be forced to focus on issues, rather then vague ideas pursued by the likes of Impeachment, and that is exactly what happened in these elections. Armenian people finally have started to understand, that bubbles like Tigran Karapetich, Stepan Demirchyan, shouting heads like Artashes Geghamyan, Arshak Sadoyan, revolutionaries like Aram Sargsyan and Nikol Pashinyan have nothing to do in the parliament.
Secondly, my prediction about the fact, that the International Community is ready to embrace these elections in Armenia as free and fair if there is enough imitation by the government, materialized, which served to fulfill a couple of important functions for the Armenian society:
- Political parties finally come to understand, that only work with the people can bring them to power – not devising more and more systems of forgery (although that also took place in this elections on a massive scale, but then it involved also direct bribing of people, which is still work with people if you ask me). We all saw, that shouting about corruption facts without presenting clear alternatives, visiting various countries and talking to Embassy heads doesn’t render any results, and this was well understood even by Orinats Yerkir, which got into Parliament in the end despite the British Spy sandal, largely due to hard work with the voters.
- Looking at the parliament we are going to have today, I have to note, that regardless what anybody says, the Republicans, Bargavach and Dashnaktsutyun have the most amount of offices countrywide, have invested heavily in their party structures and have indeed worked with people on local issues, and as we all should know by now: all politics is local!
- Armenian people received a clear signal, that if they want change, International community is not the right place to look for it. All change has to come from within.
I am also happy, that Armenia is officially not a banana republic anymore, following the announcement by the OSCE Observation mission calling the Armenian elections corresponding the international standards. I’m tired of various international organizations telling us what kind of democracy we should have. It is our country, and we should decide what we want here. Call me picky, but I’m not satisfied with the international standards, they’re not good enough for me. I want my very Armenian standards of democracy, and while the pressure is off from MCA, OSCE and others for the country to meet their standards, I hereby announce – I intend to keep putting all my time and effort to reach my own standards of democracy, be it in 10, 15 or a 100 years after.
I acknowledge, one last time, that these elections were a step forward, that they were good enough for the international community, and that they were not good enough for me personally, as I see elections as something much more then the month of pre-election campaign and the day when people cast their ballots in the box. …but I’m willing to wait and work more and see… Armenia – congratulations to you for whatever kind of elections you did have!