ODIHR Releases Final Report on Armenian Elections

Radmila Šekerinska (c), the head of the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission for the 6 May parliamentary elections in Armenia, speaking during a press conference in Yerevan, 7 May 2012. (OSCE/Thomas Rymer)

Radmila Šekerinska (c), the head of the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission for the 6 May parliamentary elections in Armenia, speaking during a press conference in Yerevan, 7 May 2012. (OSCE/Thomas Rymer)

The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) has released its final report on Armenia’s parliamentary elections, held on 6 May 2012. Continue reading

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Artur Baghdasaryan Endorses LTP’s Anti-Fraud Measures and That’s It

“Orinats Yerkir, which is one of only two opposition groups represented in parliament, [] endorsed two anti-fraud amendments to Armenia’s Election Code that were put forward by Ter-Petrosian at a rally on Friday. Baghdasarian’s party said the proposed changes will be incorporated into its own package of election-related amendments which will be submitted to the National Assembly soon.” RFE/RL reports.

However, in a statement issued on Thursday, the “Rule of Law”(Orinats Yerkir) party, which is the leading Armenian opposition party by the number of Parliamentary mandates, “refused to support former President Levon Ter-Petrosian in the upcoming presidential election, saying that it will not reconsider its decision to field its leader Artur Baghdasarian’s candidacy.”

It is interesting, that unlike Vazgen Manukyan’s utterly negative attitude towards Levon Ter-Petrossian, “Orinats Yerkir” seems to have assumed a more flexible policy. With one hand they implement suggestions brought forward by LTP, with the other they refuse to support his candidacy. Does it mean Artur Baghdasaryan is sending a hidden signal, that under change of circumstances at some point he might still be ready to endorse Ter-Petrossian? Moreover, from the same source we find out, that:

At the same time the party said it is ready to work together with Ter-Petrosian and other opposition candidates in trying to ensure the freedom and fairness of the February 19 vote.