byHaroutiun Khachatrian (06/12/2013 issue of the CACI Analyst)
Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan, who officially won the presidential elections held on February 18, gained another five-year term in office. At the same time, his party has a safe majority in the parliament. Sargsyan thus has a good chance of fulfilling his programs aimed at improving Armenia’s competitiveness. This is even more important given the fact that Sargsyan has managed to tackle many of the domestic political problems Armenia has faced since 2008. However, during the second term he will face a range of serious challenges in several areas.
by Haroutiun Khachatrian (05/01/2013 issue of the CACI Analyst)
The Armenian National Movement, the party of Armenia’s first president Levon Ter-Petrosian, has formally ceased to exist, and will be replaced by a new party named the Armenian National Congress. Thus, Ter-Petrosian intends to introduce a liberal party to Armenia’s political scene.
by Haroutiun Khachatrian (03/06/2013 issue of the CACI Analyst)
A new public movement named Barevolution, from the Armenian word Barev (Hello) is emerging in Armenia. Its initiator, Raffi Hovannisian, claims he won the presidential elections of February 18, and calls on their official winner, current President Serzh Sargsyan, to resign. Yet, this belief seems based on emotions rather than facts. The movement does not so far enjoy much support; however, Hovannisian hopes it will continue growing.
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