Twin Inaugurations

April 9 turned into a strange day with both officially reelected President Serzh Sarkissian and his opposition challanger Raffi Hovannisian swearing in as presidents of Armenia. The settings were rather different, as you can see from these two videos below: The day turned a little scary when a couple of dozen opposition supporters taken to the police and the nose of a key oppositionist, Armen Martirosyan’s, was smashed into a bleeding condition in an incident…

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Google+ Hangout With Armenian Presidential Challenger Raffi Hovannisian

Google+ Hangout With Armenian Presidential Challenger Raffi Hovannisian

On April 9, incumbent Serzh Sarkisian will be sworn in for another term as president of Armenia. As that happens, Sarkisian’s bested rival, Raffi Hovannisian, will be taking part in his own inauguration — the “inauguration of a new Armenia,” as he says. It’s unclear exactly what the event will be, but the timing is almost certainly no accident. Hovannisian disputes the results of the February 18 election. He lost to Sarkisian by roughly 20…

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