There are large crowds gathering in the polling stations in Yerevan and Gyumri today to vote in Russian presidential elections. Check out these photos on Azatutyun.am. Amazing, isn’t it?
At least two competing opinion polls have shown that Armenia’s richest businessman Gagik Tsarukian’s election bloc named “Tsarukian” after him, is leading the race for the April 2 elections with 40-41% rating.
Armenia is heading to the polls today. Reluctantly. Everyone I’ve talked to is sure that the incumbent president Serzh Sarkissian is going to win his second term. Yet not one of those people said they’ll vote for Sarkissian…
“A1plus” TV has put together a great review of media coverage of presidential campaign held in Armenia in the past 20 years.
Ex-Soviet Dissident Paruyr Hayrikian is a great leader, one of the main founders of the democratic movement in the Soviet Union, an important voice of Armenia’s self-determination and independence in the last days of the Soviet Union and the institution of the newly independent Armenia. However, his political value in today’s Armenia is all but historical. So when I heard the news about assassination attempt against Hayrikian, my first reaction was like: “Why on earth!”
The incumbent President Serzh Sarkissian is the wealthiest of the 8 candidates running for President in February 2003 elections, but he is not as rich as you’d think.
Policy Forum Armenia, an independent Armenian think-tank, has put forward a series of recommendations and called upon the international observers to consider those suggestions as a way to enhance fraud-detection techniques in time for the upcoming February 2013 Presidential elections.
“Armenia has a class of “30-something” technocrats, whose western education and global outlook means they are less rooted in the Soviet mentality than their elders. That bodes well for the future,” The Economist writes in a blog-post about Armenia published this week.
Since this is coming from Armnews TV, which is known to be linked with Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan, we can almost be sure, that his Republican party is pretty much content with getting 34 percent of the parliament seats, which will give them a clear majority in parliament if they also win most of the sits via majoritarian system, where in most cases Republican-backed oligarchs are contesting elections.