Elections Manifestos for Serzh Sargsyan, Arman Melikyan and Vazgen Manukyan Made Public

Days after Levon Ter-Petrossian made public his election program (now also available in English), other candidates started to move. At the moment of writing the following candidates have published their elections programs:

  1. Serzh Sargsyan, prime minister and the main contender for the presidential post as several polls are suggesting has published his program on the Serzh Sargsyan Official Website. The English version of the program is still not available, although a placeholder page exists.
  2. Vazgen Manukyan’s program was posted on his website yesterday, the text is also available as an MS Word document. No English version here either.
  3. To the best of my knowledge, Arman Melikyan doesn’t have a website so far, but his program is posted at the Elections website of A1plus and is available split into Part I and Part II.
  4. Vahan Hovhannisyan’s program is available from his website, but to the best of my knowledge, it is not the officially published and promoted one.
  5. Artur Baghdasaryan’s program is supposed to be here, but the link points to a blank page at this point.

The rest of the candidates: Artashes Geghamyan, Tigran Karapetyan, Aram Harutyunyan have not done any attempts to make their programs public so far, not even failed ones like in the case of Artur Baghdasaryan. Still, the official pre-election campaign starts Monday, so they have time.

Armenia Politics

A1plus Has Launched Official YouTube Channel

Leading Armenian Online News resource – A1plus has launched an official YouTube Channel at address, where news, videos, archive materials and exclusive videos, not published even on the main A1plus website will be made available. The first video uploaded so far is a funny one. At the Press Conference Levon Ter-Petrossian gave on January 11th, days after the publication of his pre-election program, the Regnum correspondent starts a question to the First President, starting with the words: “Mr President, when you are elected…” and then suddenly sneezes. This triggers a wave of laughter, because Armenians believe, that sneezing indicates truthfulness of a statement, hence, she seems to be confirming, that Ter-Petrossian will be elected. Well, I guess it takes more then a sneeze to become the President of Armenia, but the video is excellent anyway. Thanks to A1plus for making it available.