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Looking at excited faces, listening to hundreds of arguments as to who will win, and why its good for the country, I’m getting to the point, when I really really don’t care. I used to argue myself for this or that candidate, more specifically, over the past couple of months I sincerely believed, that the best option would be if we had an ARF-Dashnaktsutyun president, who would be facing a Republican parliament, and that would give some character to the Armenian Foreign Policy, and bring more socially oriented economic policies.
Today – I want to make a very subjective forecast of who are the first 5 presidential candidates in terms of voter sympathy (and I’m making this estimation based on my conversations with people of various backgrounds and careful reading of a lot of analytical material):
- I still see Serzh Sargsyan as the front runner – he might have close to 35% of voter sympathy.
- I have a feeling, that excellent PR and aggressive campaigning finally did it – and Levon Ter-Petrossian now has perhaps 20% of vote.
- Artur Baghdasaryan is the third.
- ARF-Dashnaktsutyun is coming forth.
- Vazgen Manukyan is probably the fifth.
Really – this is depressing, because I can’t stand either Serzh or Levon, and looks like either one of them will be president. On the other hand, I don’t thing things will be getting any worse, and today all I’m hoping for is democratic elections – so the image of the country doesn’t suffer once again, and really hope, that whoever comes to power, does it in a way, to be able to claim a reasonable degree of legitimacy.