Armenia: the End of Dual Power and Beginning of a New Political Cycle

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Armenia: the End of Dual Power and Beginning of a New Political Cycle
// Russia and New States of Eurasia. 2019. No I (LII). P. 112-117

DOI: 10.20542/2073-4786-2019-1-112-117


Abstract

On the 23rd of April 2018, Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan was forced to resign, the “velvet” revolution has won in Armenia. The period of “dual power” – the co-existence of the “people's premier” N.Pashinyan and the National Assembly (parliament) of the RA, where the majority belonged to the Republican party headed by S.Sargsyan, lasted for several months. Special parliamentary elections were called to neutralize the threat of a “counter-revolutionary revenge”. They were held on the 9th of December 2018. N.Pashinyan’s “My Step” bloc won the elections receiving a constitutional majority in parliament: 88 MPs out of 132. Two more parties entered the parliament: “Prosperous Armenia” (PPA) and “Bright Armenia”, which received 26 and 18 mandates respectively The elections were recognized as legitimate by international observers and political parties in Armenia. The voting results testify to the continuing high level of popularity of N.Pashinyan, the leader of the “velvet” revolution, as well as to the popular discontent of the voters with the results of the ten-year rule of S. Sargsyan, the third president of post-Soviet Armenia. The end of “dual power” means the beginning of a new political cycle in Armenia. Now the future development prospects of the country will be deter-mined not so much by the confrontation of various political forces in a struggle for power, but by the ability of Prime Minister N.Pashinyan to prove himself a suc-cessful reformer capable of providing a quick solution to the most pressing socio-economic problems.


Keywords

Armenia, N. Pashinyan, S. Sargsyan, “velvet” revolution, “dual power”, special par-liamentary elections, “My Step” bloc, Republican party


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For citation:
Krylov A. Armenia: the End of Dual Power and Beginning of a New Political Cycle. Russia and New States of Eurasia, 2019, No I (LII), pp. 112-117. https://doi.org/10.20542/2073-4786-2019-1-112-117



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