New opposition group criticizes the Trio, calls for cooperation of civic-political groups

Armenia -- Nikol Pashinian (C) and other leaders of the Civil Contract movement speak to journalists, Yerevan, 13Oct2014.
Armenia — Nikol Pashinian (C) and other leaders of the Civil Contract movement speak to journalists, Yerevan, 13Oct2014

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.
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Armenian Civil Society Outraged by Obama's Congratulation

Activists made protest action in front of the US Embassy in Armenia towards the congratulation by US President Barack Obama towards Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan
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. Continue reading “Armenian Civil Society Outraged by Obama's Congratulation”

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U.S. -- President Barack Obama (L) greets his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sarkisian at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC, 12Apr2010

Obama Sticks A Price Tag on Sarkissian's Congratulation Message

U.S. -- President Barack Obama (L) greets his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sarkisian at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC, 12Apr2010
U.S. — President Barack Obama (L) greets his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sarkisian at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC, 12Apr2010

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. Continue reading “Obama Sticks A Price Tag on Sarkissian's Congratulation Message”

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Armenia --- President Serzh Sarkissian votes in February 18 presidential elections, Yerevan, 18Feb2013

President Sarkissian Defeats The Armenian People to Win Re-election

Armenia --- President Serzh Sarkissian votes in February 18 presidential elections, Yerevan, 18Feb2013
Armenia — President Serzh Sarkissian votes in February 18 presidential elections, Yerevan, 18Feb2013

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.
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Nothing Exciting: A Preview of Armenian Elections

Armenia -- Photos of presidential candidates at a polling station ahead of Elections 2013, 17Feb2013 | Photolur photo via Azatutyun.am
Armenia — Photos of presidential candidates at a polling station ahead of Elections 2013, 17Feb2013 | Photolur photo via Azatutyun.am

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… Continue reading “Nothing Exciting: A Preview of Armenian Elections”

Presidential Candidate's Failed Assassination Attempt: Questions Remain

Hayrikian's Facebook page posted photos of the presidential candidate in the hospital after being shot at. | Photo from Hayrikian's Facebook page
Hayrikian’s Facebook page posted photos of the presidential candidate in the hospital after being shot at. | Photo from Hayrikian’s Facebook page

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!” Continue reading “Presidential Candidate's Failed Assassination Attempt: Questions Remain”

People Centric Campaigning: Raffi Hovhannisian Hits The Street

As the first week of campaigning for the February 18 Presidential Elections draws to the end, Azatutyun.am is featuring a great slideshow of the US-born candidate Raffi Hovhannisian pioneering western style campaigning in Armenia.

Randomly greeting people and talking to them in the street, shops and other public settings during election campaigns may be the norm for politicians in the West but is highly unusual in Armenia. The U.S.-born opposition leader Raffi Hovannisian is doing just that in his ongoing presidential election campaign. The Photolur news agency followed his first campaign outings in Yerevan.

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Think-Tank Offers Help to International Observers in 2013 Presidential Elections

Armenia - A man is casting his ballot in the parliamentary elections in Armenia, Yerevan, 06May2012 | Photolure
Armenia – A man is casting his ballot in the parliamentary elections in Armenia, Yerevan, 06May2012 | Photolur

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.
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