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Posted 01 November 2018 - 11:11 AM

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Acting PM Nikol Pashinyan did not receive enough votes to be elected as a prime minister in a special session of the National Assembly on November 1, a result which Pashinyan had been hoping for and which will lead to snap parliamentary elections.

 

Armenia Set to Have Early Parliamentary Elections
Pashinyan Not Elected Prime Minister in a Second Round of Elections

Acting PM Nikol Pashinyan did not receive enough votes to be elected as a prime minister in a special session of the National Assembly on November 1, a result which Pashinyan had been hoping for and which will lead to snap parliamentary elections.

53 members of parliament out of 105 participated in the vote. There was no vote against or for while 13 MPs voted abstained.

This new “non election” is the second step in the process of triggering snap parliamentary elections which has been the main item on Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s agenda since gaining the post following the “Velvet Revolution’ past spring. Pashinyan hopes to form a National Assembly that is more “in line with Armenia’s correct political realities.”

Per Armenia’s 2015 constitution, snap parliamentary elections are automatically called for in the case where the sitting prime minister resigns and the National Assembly fails to elect a new prime minister during two consecutive sessions.

For this purpose, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan resigned on October 16.

Extraordinary elections will be held no earlier than 30 days and no later than 45 days after the dissolution of the parliament.

Pashinyan announced to journalists that the extraordinary elections will take place on December 9.

Following parliamentary elections, Pashinyan hopes to be elected as prime minister for a five-year term.

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 09:24 AM

Armenian diaspora is like a gold mine if treated fairly if not, it will be like mining a copper mine! Because diaspora Armenians have a big longing to the Motherland!

 

ARKA, Armenia
Nov 9 2018
 
 

 

Government to draw map of worldwide Armenians
 
 
 
 
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YEREVAN, November 9. /ARKA/. The Armenian government will draw a map of the worldwide Armenians in order to assess the overall potential of the nation, the acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said a meeting in Astana with representatives of the Armenian community of Kazakhstan.

“This is difficult, but important work. We need to consolidate the full potential of our people,” Pashinyan said, according to a press release distributed by his press service.

He said his impression from a series of meetings with members of the Armenian Diaspora in many countries is that Armenians are really a powerful nation with strong potential, which, unfortunately, is not used.

According to him, the ‘velvet revolution’ took place not only in Armenia, but also among the Armenians of the world. “We must together strengthen our homeland that  must become  the number one guarantor of the existence of Armenians,’ Pashinyan said.

"Our main omission was that no common goals were formulated and different parts of our people did not act together. We need to concentrate all our forces to achieve a single national goal. I think the most important feature of the ‘velvet revolution’ is that we have found new energy, new inspiration  to turn Armenia into a country that is able to protect itself, develop, become attractive for investment," Pashinyan stressed.

The meeting was attended by Armenians not only from Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, but also by Armenians located hundreds of kilometers away. Also a  delegation of Armenians from Uzbekistan was present.

Pashinyan was in Astana to attend a meeting of heads of states, which are members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). –0—

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 11:30 AM

Panorama, Armenia
Dec 5 2018
 
 
Pashinyan: This is a war against Armenia

 

"This is a declared war against the Republic of Armenia," Armenian Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said in a live broadcast on Facebook commenting to the wiretapping phone conversation between him and the NSS Director leaked on Youtube on Wednesday.

"It's done for a simple reason. The corrupt system sees the circle around it getting narrower, something we had promised, and the promise will be realized step-by-step, immediately after the parliamentary election, and nobody will escape. All corrupt individuals will be held accountable on behalf of the people and the mandate of the people, because in essence, these conversations are published for their own salvation and for the salvation of the corrupt system. I have said before, and now I keep insisting that this is a war declared against the Republic of Armenia and a crushing defeat is expected for those who provoked this war," Nikol Pashinyan said.

He called on the citizens on December 9, regardless of the weather conditions, even if there’s snowstorm and flood, to go to the polling stations and vote for the "My Step" alliance.

"I want to remind you that this is first of all Prime Minister's elections. I hope to get a strong mandate from the citizens of Armenia to fight against corruption, to get every cent stolen from the people back, and finally to fight this war against the Republic of Armenia and the people of Armenia," the Acting Prime Minister said.
Nikol Pashinyan also said that on September 12, he touched upon the wiretapping at the National Assembly, and in that speech, he provided twice as much information as published in the material.

"The conversation is not complete. There are episodes which I have referred to during the NA speech and they have been cut and removed. Particularly, the part when the director of the National Security Service told me that the judge was scared, and I said, what it means, the judge is scared, the NSS is obliged to secure the judge's security and independence if you cannot ensure that, then you have a wrong way of working," he said.

The Acting Prime Minister also said that the actions of the head of the National Security Service and the Special Investigative Service director were within the scope of their official functions.

 

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Posted 07 December 2018 - 12:50 PM

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Posted 07 December 2018 - 12:54 PM



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Posted 10 December 2018 - 10:48 AM

Armenia election: reformist PM Nikol Pashinian wins convincing victory

Former newspaper editor marks dramatic break from the cadre of rulers who have run Armenia since the late 1990s

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 Acting Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian casts his ballot in a polling station during an early parliamentary election in Yerevan, Armenia. Photograph: Vahan Stepanyan/AP

Armenia’s acting prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan, has bolstered his authority after his political bloc won early parliamentary elections in the former Soviet country, the Central Election Commission’s (CEC) results showed.

My Step Alliance, which includes Pashinyan’s Civil Contract Party, won 70.4% of the vote on Sunday based on results from all polling stations, the CEC said on its website.

Results showed that two moderate opposition parties – Prosperous Armenia and Bright Armenia – got enough votes to clear the 5% threshold to enter parliament.

Pashinyan came to power in Armenia in May after weeks of mass protests against corruption and cronyism. The former newspaper editor, who was jailed for fomenting unrest in 2008, marked a dramatic break from the cadre of rulers who have run Armenia since the late 1990s.

He stepped down in October so parliament could be dissolved ready for the early election but remained the acting prime minister.

“Armenian citizens created a revolutionary majority at the parliament,” Pashinyan told reporters at his bloc’s headquarters after first results were published.

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“If this trend continues, the majority won’t face any problems in implementing legislative changes,” he said.

After a change of power in the South Caucasus country of around 3 million people, Pashinyan’s government sought to initiate changes to the electoral code. But the move was blocked by the former ruling Republican Party, which dominated the parliament.

The Republican Party received 4.7% of the vote and it was not clear whether it managed to enter parliament. Under Armenia’s constitution, 30% of seats in parliament must go to opposition parties.

Former high-ranking officials were sacked and some were arrested following the change of power. An appeals court ordered the detention of former President Robert Kocharyan on Friday on charges of attempting to overthrow the constitutional order.

He was first arrested in July but freed the following month, and the case was sent to the appeals court. Kocharyan was Armenia’s second president, serving from 1998 to 2008, when mass protests erupted over a disputed election.

Pashinyan promised after taking office there would be no major shifts in Armenian foreign policy and has offered assurances he will not break with Moscow. 
Armenia hosts a Russian military base and is a member of Russia-led military and economic alliances.

Pashinyan also suggested he would stick with existing policies on the long-running issue of Nagorno-Karabakh.

A mountainous part of Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh is run by ethnic Armenians who declared independence from Baku during a conflict that broke out as the Soviet Union crumbled in 1991.

Though a ceasefire was agreed in 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia still regularly accuse each other of conducting attacks around Nagorno-Karabakh and along the Azeri-Armenian border.

 



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Posted 10 December 2018 - 10:50 AM

Armenia election: PM Nikol Pashinyan wins by landslide
_104703925_pashinyan.jpgImage copyrightREUTERSImage captionProtest leader-turned PM Nikol Pashinyan spearheaded Armenia's "Velvet Revolution"

Armenia's acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has won a convincing victory in Sunday's snap parliamentary election, consolidating his authority.

His bloc won more than 70% of the vote, the country's election commission said.

A journalist turned politician, Mr Pashinyan spearheaded a peaceful revolution in April.

He now has a parliamentary majority to push through his programme of tackling corruption and reforming the economy. Poll turnout was low, at about 49%.

Historically, Armenia's elections have been marred by fraud and vote-buying.

However, international observers from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe said the elections had respected fundamental freedoms and were characterised by genuine competition.

What is the result?

Final official results show that the centrist My Step Alliance, which includes Mr Pashinyan's Civil Contract Party, won 70.4% of the vote.

Its nearest rival, the moderate Prosperous Armenia party won just over 8%. Led by tycoon and arm-wrestling champion Gagik Tsarukyan, it was part of the ruling coalition in the outgoing parliament.

_104710702_armwrestler.jpgImage copyrightTASS VIA GETTY IMAGESImage captionOligarch Gagik Tsarukyan's Prosperous Armenia party will be part of the new parliament

Bright Armenia, a liberal pro-Western party, won about 6% of the vote, the commission said.

Each party needed at least 5% of the vote to enter the 101-seat National Assembly.

Armenia's constitution states that 30% of seats in parliament must go to opposition parties.

What will it mean for Armenia?

At a polling station in the capital, Yerevan, voters said they hoped Mr Pashinyan would be able to deliver the ambitious changes he had promised.

One woman, who gave her name as Narine Harutyunyan, said she felt "very optimistic," adding, "I hope that my vote is going to play a role so that there will always be a smile in the eyes of Armenians."

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Analysts say the 43-year-old will aim to keep his promises while staying in the good books of Armenia's key ally, Russia.

A former Soviet state of three million people, Armenia hosts a Russian military base and depends on Moscow for its security.

Mr Pashinyan has said he hopes to "step up co-operation with the United States and European Union".

How have the PM's critics reacted?

The revolution led by Mr Pashinyan ousted the country's 10-year President Serzh Sargsyan, a member of the Republic Party. He was accused of clinging to power after taking on the newly-enhanced role of prime minister when his term ended.

Now senior Republican Party figures have accused Mr Pashinyan of trying to turn Armenia into 1930s Germany, and of becoming a Hitler figure.

His critics say his "cult of personality" will weaken multi-party democracy.

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Armen Ashotyan, vice-president of the Republican Party, complained before the election that "all political parties were deprived of time to prepare well".

He added that he expected "so-called post-revolutionary euphoria" would be reflected at the ballot box.


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Posted 10 December 2018 - 03:07 PM

Serj Tankian lauds Armenia elections as "momentous occasion"
Serj Tankian lauds Armenia elections as
December 10, 2018 - 11:27 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian has lauded the snap parliamentary elections held in Armenia on Sunday, December 9, describing the day as a "momentous occasion in Armenian history."

My Step alliance led by Armenia's acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has secured a convincing victory in Sunday's snap parliamentary election, with 70.43% of all the ballots cast in their favor.

"The people of Armenia have made their voice heard loud and clear so much so that the previous ruling parties (the RPA and ARF in Armenia) couldn’t even garner the 5% threshold to enter Parliament! This will give acting PM Pashinyan the mandate to follow through with further reforms and pursue programs to create much needed economic development within the country," the artist said in a Facebook post.

"Entities, previously protected by the state, who have been involved in flagrant corruption and injustices enacted upon citizens of Armenia for years will be brought to justice or pay their dues."

According to Tankian, the Armenian diaspora can no longer be "a distant viewer" waiting to see what will happen.

"It happened. It’s time to participate in the enrichment of our homeland," he said.

"This is truly a momentous occasion in Armenian history and a victory we should cherish."

On Sunday, Tankian and former lawmaker Armen Ashotyan from the Republican Party of Armenia traded verbal blows, as the former described the former ruling authorities as a "corrosive, unjust, corrupt regime."

 

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Posted 10 December 2018 - 03:09 PM

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Posted 10 December 2018 - 03:10 PM

Armenia elections respected fundamental freedoms: OSCE
Armenia elections respected fundamental freedoms: OSCE
December 10, 2018 - 15:20 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - The early parliamentary elections in Armenia were held with respect for fundamental freedoms and enjoyed broad public trust that needs to be preserved through further electoral reforms, the OSCE international observers concluded in a preliminary statement released Monday, December 10.

Open political debate, including in the media, contributed to a vibrant campaign, although cases of inflammatory rhetoric online were of concern, the statement says.

The general absence of electoral malfeasance, including of vote buying and pressure on voters, allowed for genuine competition, the observers said. Despite the shortened timeframe, the elections were well administered, although the integrity of campaign finance was undermined by a lack of regulation, accountability and transparency.

The media environment is diverse and the freedom of expression, guaranteed by the Constitution, was respected, the statement said.

The statement also highlights that, while there was general confidence in the accuracy of voter lists, those declared incapacitated by courts are not entitled to vote, contrary to international standards on the political rights of persons with disabilities. Contrary to previous recommendations, the right to file election-related complaints is largely limited to party proxies and commission members.

The statement also notes that the prohibition of those holding multiple citizenship from being candidates is in contradiction to OSCE commitments and case law of the European Court of Human Rights.

 

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Posted 10 December 2018 - 03:11 PM

Armenia’s CEC sums up initial results of Sunday’s elections
The Central Electoral Commission (CEC) of Armenia has summed up the preliminary results of the snap parliamentary election held on Sunday, 9 December.

The commission approved a protocol on the election outcomes at today’s special session. CEC Chairman Tigran Mukuchyan presented the results received from the 2,010 polling stations, according to which 1,262,164 people, or 48,67% of eligible voters, cast ballots in the voting.

4,675 ballot papers were declared invalid.

The votes have been distributed in the following way:
Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) – 4.7% or 59,068 votes
Citizen's Decision Social Democratic Party – 0.68% or 8,533 votes
ARF – 3.89% or 48,822 votes
My Step bloc – 70.44% or 884,849 votes
Bright Armenia party – 6.37% or 80,049 votes
Christian Democratic Revival Party – 0.51% or 6,460 votes
National Progress Party – 0.33% or 4,122 votes
We bloc – 2% or 25,174 votes
Rule of Law party – 0.99% or 12,390 votes
Sasna Tsrer party – 1.82% or 22,868 votes
Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP) – 8.27% or 103,837 votes

Parties needed at least 5% of the vote, while blocs were required to secure at least 7% to enter the 101-seat National Assembly, according to Armenia’s Electoral Code.

 

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Posted 11 December 2018 - 10:11 AM

MediaMax, Armenia
Dec 10 2018
 
 
Urszula Gacek: Parliamentary elections in Armenia were unprecedented
 
 
Yerevan /Mediamax/. Head of OSCE/ODIHR election observation mission Urszula Gacek said today that Armenia’s snap parliamentary elections on December 9 were unprecedented.
 
“The fundamental human rights and freedoms were protected during the elections. No persecutions were registered towards voters or candidates,” Urszula Gacek said.
 
According to her, people demonstrated confidence in the election process.
  
“I can tell you that Armenia has never seen similar elections,” she emphasized.
 
Urszula Gacek noted that a number of shortcomings have also been registered, related to regulations in legislative field.
 
“We have already remarked that campaign financing processes should be equal and transparent. We are ready to help eliminate all the shortcomings that are still present,” Urszula Gacek said.
 





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