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Elections 2012: failure of Armenian opposition

According to some Armenian experts, the May 6 elections became the “swan song” for ANC and Levon Ter-Petrossian.

May 16, 2012
Elections 2012: failure of Armenian opposition
The recent parliamentary elections in Armenia recorded sweeping victory by the current authorities, the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) and its coalition partner and rival Prosperous Armenia. These two, along with the third member of the current coalition Orinats Yerkir (which was the only ruling party seeing worse results against 2007 vote), grabbed 112 out of 131 mandates of Armenia's National Assembly.

Armenian elections 2012: political hypocrisy

Since the very start of its election campaign Prosperous Armenia showed obvious signs of political amnesia.

May 11, 2012
Armenian elections 2012: political hypocrisy
Parliamentary elections were held in Armenia on May 6, and people are now assessing their outcomes, pondering over expectations from the new “elects”; meanwhile, the political forces are summing up the results and considering their future moves and potential alliances. So, I decided to avail of the current political lull and sum up my own voting outcomes, sharing my views on each of the race participants.

Election outcomes: RPA’s victory and ANC’s downfall

Parliamentary race yielded unexpected results, with ruling coalition’s crushing victory recorded as the most significant outcome.

May 7, 2012
Election outcomes: RPA’s victory and ANC’s downfall
The parliamentary elections are over in Armenia. The race, assessed as original primaries for presidential elections in 2013, yielded rather unexpected results, with the ruling coalition’s crushing victory recorded as the most significant outcome.

Op-Ed: Parliamentary elections a test for new changes

Can every citizen be an election observer?

May 3, 2012
Op-Ed: Parliamentary elections a test for new changes
This year, Armenia challenges its citizens to capture, in real time, election fraud with their new online election monitoring program, iDitord.

Facebook as platform for Armenian elections 2012

PanARMENIAN.Net studies the tools and opportunities provided by Facebook to the participants of electoral race.

April 23, 2012
Facebook as platform for Armenian elections 2012
Ahead of the parliamentary vote due on May 6, Armenia’s political forces boosted their activity on the internet, particularly in Facebook.

Orinats Yerkir will try to win parliamentary race through confetti (video)

Party leader Artur Baghdasaryan stood out with his eloquence as always, once again addressing the issue of Orinats Yerkir’s “purity”.

 April 7, 2012
Orinats Yerkir will try to win parliamentary race through confetti
Today, on April 7, Orinats Yerkir coalition party held a rally at Yerevan’s Liberty Square, a subsequent rally serving the “information” and not pre-election purpose. Though the election campaign has not officially launched, Armenia’s political forces have actively started holding large spectrum of events aimed at coaxing voters.

Elections 2012 feature three favorite runners

April 1 is set as a deadline for candidate registration, with the election campaign officially kicking off on April 8.

March 23, 2012
Elections 2012 feature three favorite runners
March 22 was the last day for the political forces to submit their proportional lists to the Central Electoral Commission of Armenia to participate in the parliamentary elections due on May 6.

The “Jurassic Park” of Armenian politics

Appearance of “political dinosaurs” like Gehamyan, Harutyunyan and Babukhanyan on RPA list stirs huge interest.

March 19, 2012
The “Jurassic Park” of Armenian politics
The Council of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) approved on March 18 its electoral lists comprising 250 candidates standing for the parliamentary elections due on May 6. The list is quite interesting, to say the least. For instance, the ex-speaker of the National Assembly and head of RPA election office Hovik Abrahamyan is placed the second while Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan comes the third. However, the main surprise of the list is the abundance of “strangers”, representatives of other parties or new members of RPA.

“Naval” battle of Levon Ter-Petrossian and “parade of meetings” sum up last week’s political developments

The week was summed up by Armenian Eagles rally headed by notorious deputy minister for sport and youth affairs Khachik Asryan.

March 5, 2012
“Naval” battle of Levon Ter-Petrossian and “parade of meetings” sum up last week’s political developments
The past week was rich in various political events. On the one hand, heated debates developed in the parliament on the bill “On legal regime of the state of emergency” and over voting on the opposition’s bill proposing shift to 100% proportional system of elections to the National Assembly; on the other hand, the Armenian National Congress held its first rally in 2012 scheduled for February 17. In addition, some parties held rallies as part of their election campaigns for the upcoming parliamentary elections.

“Green topic” on the election agenda

Armenian environmentalists see no prerequisites for establishing a green party like those in European countries.

February 28, 2012
“Green topic” on the election agenda
Environmental activists appeared to be one of key newsmakers in Armenia's social life over the past year.