January 10 saw another disgraceful elections in Armenia with violations, voter bribing and intimidation on the one side, and very low voter participation on the other. People are increasingly loosing patience and hope with the electoral process in Armenia. Opposition is crying fowl, while a little known man with no political past – Ara Simonian wins a landslide victory, defeating jailed editor Nikol Pashinian – one of the most recognized opposition leaders, a charismatic figure, whose name is synonymous to the unprecedented rise and revitalization of the opposition movement in the wake of 2008 presidential elections in Armenia. Continue reading “One more pointless election over”
Former President Levon Ter-Petrosian’s speech was surprisingly short as he addressed the opposition rally on Friday in central Yerevan. The opposition leader is known for his 1-hour long speeches. Continue reading “Ter-Petrosian's surprisingly short speech and claim of victory”
Just like the old days, Armenia’s ex-president Robert Kocharian likes skiing. RFE/RL’s film-crew caught sight of him in Tsakhadzor on January 6th. And just like in the old days – Kocharian avoids journalists as much as he can. Times change, presidents change, Kocharian doesn’t… Continue reading “Ex-President Kocharian still likes skiing and dislikes journalists”
The first official working day this year was used by the Armenian opposition politicians to remind about their existence and announce plans for rallies in the coming days.
Ex-President Levon Ter-Petrossian’s Armenian National Congress and the age-old Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutiun), indeed needed to remind about their existence, because the general public in Armenia rarely cares about them at all, just as the leaders of those opposition forces rarely care about the general public. This is of course just my private observation, impression or speculation… Continue reading “Two blends of Armenian opposition announce two upcoming rallies”