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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Armenian Civil Society Outraged by Obama's Congratulation

A group of human rights activists, among them recipients of US State Department’s Universal Rights Awards, staged a protest-action in front of the US Embassy in Yerevan to express outrage over US President Barack Obama’s congratulatory message to the Armenian President Serzh Sarkissian for his reelection.

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Obama Sticks A Price Tag on Sarkissian's Congratulation Message

Obama Sticks A Price Tag on Sarkissian's Congratulation Message

Armenian President Serzh Sarkissian received congratulatory message from the President of the USA Barack Obama on his reelection, amid doubts about the election process voiced by international observers and human rights watchdogs.

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What to Expect Given The History of Armenia's Past Post-Election Developments

A1plus is presenting this great archive video with lessons of the past about Armenia’s post-election developments. My main takeaway – all past elections have ended in post-election developments, but opposition has never won. However, things are different this time:

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Serj Tankian's Letter to The President of Armenia

Grammy-winning singer/song writer Serj Tankian has sent an open letter to Serzh Sarkissian, expressing doubts that the incumbent president has indeed won in February 18th Presidential elections and calling for the de facto Armenian leader to institute genuine rule of law in the country, punish those, who stole the vote from the people, dissolve the parliament, ensure that genuinely free and fair elections are held and that the government is truly representational. Find the full…

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