Hovhannisian Disperses Supporters for A Day Following a Meeting With Sarkissian

  Crowd outside Presidential Palace chanting #Hayastan and #Raffi for President #armvote13 #armenia http://t.co/vCj4M0SLSE — CivilNet.AM (@CivilNetTV) February 21, 2013 President Sarkissian meets opposition challenger Raffi Hovhannisian http://t.co/ijW6xcYXg2 #armvote13 — Artur Papyan (@ditord) February 21, 2013 Raffi Hovhannisian. "I'll tell you details of our discussion with Serzh Sarkissian during tomorrow's rally at 17:00" #armvote13 — Artur Papyan (@ditord) February 21, 2013 Hovhannisian urges supporters to disperse after a two-hour-long discussion with Sarkissian in presidential palace…

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HRW points to lack of 'meaningful investigation' into March'08 violence

“The Armenian authorities have yet to ensure meaningful investigations into excessive use of police force during March 2008 clashes with opposition supporters protesting alleged fraud in the previous month’s presidential election, and address related allegations of abuse in police custody,”  Human Rights Watch, a recognized human rights watchdog, said in a report released today. The 612-page report, the organization’s 20th annual review of human rights practices around the globe, summarizes major human rights trends in…

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Dashnaktsutyun stage a rally in protest of Armenian-Turkish protocols

The Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) rallied more than a thousand supporters in Yerevan on Monday to demand that Armenia’s Constitutional Court invalidate the fence-mending agreements with Turkey, RFE/RL reports. The whole rally seems like a big and colorful show, because very few people would consider the Constitutional Court an independent branch of the state capable of making decisions without the direct instructions from the President’s administration, or Dashnakstutyun, a true and independent opposition force, capable…

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One more pointless election over

January 10 saw another disgraceful elections in Armenia with violations, voter bribing and intimidation on the one side, and very low voter participation on the other. People are increasingly loosing patience and hope with the electoral process in Armenia. Opposition is crying fowl, while a little known man with no political past – Ara Simonian wins a landslide victory, defeating jailed editor Nikol Pashinian – one of the most recognized opposition leaders, a charismatic figure,…

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Two blends of Armenian opposition announce two upcoming rallies

The first official working day this year was used by the Armenian opposition politicians to remind about their existence and announce plans for rallies in the coming days. Ex-President Levon Ter-Petrossian’s Armenian National Congress and the age-old Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutiun), indeed needed to remind about their existence, because the general public in Armenia rarely cares about them at all, just as the leaders of those opposition forces rarely care about the general public. This…

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