Կիրակի, Ապրիլ 20, 2014 Ժամանակը Երեւանում 02:05

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Hovannisian Keeps Up Post-Election Protests

Armenia - Opposition leader Raffi Hovannisian is greeted by supporters in Yerevan's Liberty Square, 22Feb2013.
Armenia - Opposition leader Raffi Hovannisian is greeted by supporters in Yerevan's Liberty Square, 22Feb2013.
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Opposition presidential candidate Raffi Hovannisian vowed to continue and expand his street protests against official results of Armenia’s presidential election as he again rallied thousands of supporters in Yerevan on Friday.

Addressing the crowd in the city’s Liberty Square, he also revealed that President Serzh Sarkisian rejected his compromise proposals made at their meeting on Thursday.

Hovannisian, who refuses to recognize Sarkisian’s victory in Monday’s vote and has declared himself its rightful winner, said he proposed that the Armenian authorities call a repeat election. “The answer was ‘no,’” he said.

Hovannisian said he then suggested that Sarkisian agree to snap parliamentary elections that would “return power to the people.” “What do you think was the answer? No,” he said.

“I have nothing to say to these de facto authorities anymore,” the U.S.-born opposition leader continued, pledging to carry on with his campaign of peaceful demonstrations and extend it to other parts of Armenia. He said he will rally supporters in Armenia’s second city of Gyumri and three major towns on Saturday before holding another demonstration in downtown Yerevan on Sunday.

Armenia - Thousands of people demonstrate in Yerevan in support of opposition presidential candidate Raffi Hovannisian, 22Feb2013.Armenia - Thousands of people demonstrate in Yerevan in support of opposition presidential candidate Raffi Hovannisian, 22Feb2013.
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Armenia - Thousands of people demonstrate in Yerevan in support of opposition presidential candidate Raffi Hovannisian, 22Feb2013.
Armenia - Thousands of people demonstrate in Yerevan in support of opposition presidential candidate Raffi Hovannisian, 22Feb2013.
“This popular struggle will not die down. We will achieve victory,” Hovannisian added to rapturous applause.

The campaign appeared to be gaining some momentum on Friday, with the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), a major opposition party, adding its voice to Hovannisian’s allegations of vote rigging strongly denied by the government. Armen Rustamian, a Dashnaktsutyun leader, was among speakers at the rally. He welcomed “the unstoppable movement to establish the power of the people.”

“Dashnaktsutyun is with you,” Rustamian told the protesters. “Armenian people proved on February 18 that it’s impossible to break them.”

The rally also featured a fiery speech by Nikol Pashinian, a prominent opposition figure who played a major role in anti-government protests sparked by the previous Armenian presidential election. “Starting from today, Serzh Sarkisian must not be able to have quiet nights,” Pashinian said. “Every day must be made unpredictable for him.”

Pashinian, who is a dissident member of the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK), also urged other opposition forces to join in the post-election protests. The HAK, which is led by Levon Ter-Petrosian, Sarkisian’s main election challenger in 2008, has condemned the February 18 vote as fraudulent but stopped short of voicing support for Hovannisian so far.
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Մեկնաբան , : Կայք
23.02.2013 15:00
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There are few thousand people in Armenia currently involved in the daily governance of the country and they are resulted from the inherited from the Soviet Union and incubated by the Ter-Petrosyan era but truly unbundled in the Kocharyan era chieftainship. And these people are quite flexible and mobile – when needed they join the roles of the needed party. This is how the Republican Party of Armenia got its current human resources from All-Armenian National Movement – with Vazgen Sargsyan’s migration to the Republican Party. What is considered to be Serj Sargsyan’s retinue was once under Vazgen Sargsyan and that is where Mr. Sargsyan got his current resources.

If to hypostatize that by some divine miracle Mr. Hovanisyan is going to become the President of Armenia and “Zjarangutiun” is going to be the ruling party, the above reference nomenclature is going to switch over to “Zjarangutiun” overnight and the latter is going to inherit the same scam due to its lack of any other alternatives for governance.

Apolitization and the emergence of admirable youth civil organizations in Armenia might be a bright light on the Armenian political stage as of late. However, they seem to be in their infancy and it may require long time for their transformation into a viable force. But no question the youth has to claim ownership over Armenia for this doomed country to have future.

What Mr. Hovanisyan and Mr. Sargsyan can do, and I know both are patriots, and at least one of them with all his shortcomings is a statesman, they can help to accelerate the emergence of this force without undue interference and attempts to turn them into political pawns in their game. We have seen too many artificial political parties come, fall under the influence of other forces, gain some sits in the executive and legislative branches of the government and dissipate. Let’s not kill the new youth movement this time.

Mr. Hovanisyan doesn’t have what it takes to govern a country like Armenia. President Sargisyan has it all. What he should worry about is the legacy that he leaves behind. In his hear being a better man than Kocharyan and while not a forgiving man perhaps but not sadists like his predecessor either, he has an opportunity to leave positive legacy behind.

Mr. Hovanisyan can be very instrumental in helping Sargsyan to leave behind a good legacy.

Մեկնաբան , : Կայք
23.02.2013 15:00
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Few observations are due in view of the emerged over the last few two days events.

Mr. Hovannisyan has given strong indications that he is not really interested in holding the position of the President of Armenia - at least as far as the president's governing functions are concerned.

He is positioning himself as a Foreign Minister even if he would become the President. Meanwhile, his offer to President Sargisyan manifest no less than the latter's maintenance of shadow president's role conducting his governing functions of the country, while pretending to be Armenia's President Mr. Hovannisyan will help Mr. Sargisyan to stage a radical change of country's foreign policy from the Ter-Petrosyan-Libaridyan paradigm to a paradigm kin to Hovhannisyan sinior and ARF. Meanwhile, Mr. Hovannisyan insinuated that he will guarantee the security and immunity of Mr. Sargisyan and his extended family.

The rationality makes one conclude that Sargisyan doesn’t not need to become a shadow president when he is the actual president and maintain all levers of governance in his hands. If he would agree with Mr. Hovhannisyan’s foreign policy agenda, as it pertains to Armenia’s relations with Turkey and the issue of Karabagh, he would implement it himself.

Under the best case scenario Mr. Hovannisyan’s negotiations, post-electoral tactics and his positioning of himself for the future developments is childish at best and pursues the goal of proving that “he was right” and his foreign policy conceptual paradigm was unduly dismissed by Ter-Petrosyan resulting in his firing from the post of the foreign minister.

All evidence suggests that President Sargisyan does not think that the Ter-Petrosyan-Libaridyan foreign policy paradigm has exhausted itself and he will continue that line.

And this is also why the Ter-Petrosyan team with its resources so far has not given a backing to Mr. Hovannisyan.

Speaking of the resources, Mr. Hovannisyan has also demonstrated that he has not had the resources even to appoint his representatives into almost half of the electoral stations of Armenia for monitoring purposes. I would appreciate an explanation as to how he is going to mass the resources to govern a Armenia which is a country comparable to a zoo– that is if he is not counting on Mr. Sargisyan to fulfill that mission utilizing the resources available to him.