The problem with blogging in a small country like Armenia is that eventually you’ll have to blog about your friends and it becomes hard to remain honest and impartial…
I’ve been keeping an eye out for the political union called Civil Contract since their first media appearance late last year, when some of my Sksela friends led by Nikol Pashinian, one of the most charismatic and vocal opposition figures, announced about the creation of the group with the ambitious task to unseat President Serzh Sarkisian and democratize Armenia.
Continue reading “New opposition group criticizes the Trio, calls for cooperation of civic-political groups”
It was hardly a surprise for an average Armenian to learn on Friday that the country’s President signed the agreement to join the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. Here’s why: Russia’s president Vladimir Putin wanted us there and the Russian Tzar always has his way here in Armenia; our so called Public TV touted the benefits of joining the Russia-led block for a whole year; all the political analysts said it is the only way to save Karabakh; our relatives in Russia said it is great for sending money transfers and job prospects for them and the major opposition forces refused to speak against Moscow’s decision to pull us back into the USSR swamp.
Continue reading “Looking Beyond Emotions: Armenia Joins the Eurasian Union”
Three non-government parliamentary parties staged a demonstration of power on Friday, as they organized the most bewildering of political rallies I have ever seen in Armenia.
Continue reading “Opposition flexes its muscles in Yerevan”
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: Continue reading “What to Expect Given The History of Armenia's Past Post-Election Developments”
Preliminary data from the Central Election Commission (CEC) shows that with ballots counted in all 1988 polling stations president Serzh Sarkissian scored a comfortable 58.6% win in Monday’s presidential elections.
Continue reading “President Sarkissian Defeats The Armenian People to Win Re-election”
Politics just became interesting again in Armenia: Former President Levon Ter-Petrossian effectively called an end to the five-year struggle by his opposition bloc Armenian National Congress (HAK), which was created in the aftermath of disputed presidential elections in 2008.
Continue reading “Ter-Petrossian Kills Armenian National Congress for A New Beginning”
One of the top stories in the Armenian media today is the fact, that Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) leader Gagik Tsarukian attended a session of parliament for the first time since last May’s legislative elections. Continue reading “Big Deal! Tsarukian Makes First Appearance In Parliament”
The American bi-monthly international affairs magazine National Interest has published prominent Caucasus expert Sergey Markedonov’s commentary on Armenia’s upcoming presidential elections. Continue reading “Commentary: Armenia’s Looming Elections Look to Be “Symbolic””
The presidential elections are to be held in Armenia on February 18. President Serzh Sarkissian’s reelection seems to be simply a matter of technicality. Apathy reigns among voters and politicians alike.
Continue reading “Apathy about Politics in Armenia”
My main conclusion from today’s opposition rally is that Armenian National Congress (HAK) has nothing to offer his few remaining loyal supporters and will continue its wait-and-see approach hoping that contradictions in Armenia’s ruling coalition will somehow dismantle Serzh Sargsian from power. Continue reading “Ter-Petrossian Opts for "Divid et Impera" Approach”