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Opinion: After May 6, is a presidential election redundant?

The Republican Party of Armenia has walked away with the country after yesterday, apparently gaining 69 seats in the next National Assembly. RPA 69. Everybody Else 62. It is a stunning development, coming about per a turnout of 62 percent of voters.

The conclusion defies real-world pattern. Following five years of economic decline, the Armenian public turned out en masse to re-elect leadership that didn’t manage to progress beyond survival, while from Britain’s Gordon Brown to France’s Nicolas Sarkozy, heads are being lopped in other elections on the world-economic-crisis landscape.

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12.05.2012 21:11
The systeem needs to change. Sinds Armenia has become a feodo-vazalic state where, the old -communist party has been renamed Republican party only whithout social benefites. Is it possible to keep your job if you work in a public company if you re not a republican party member?I don't think so The most funny and sad thing is that i can understand the fact that some people are so desperet in need to accept 25 dollar for thair vote given by those oligarchs but, what they don't know is that even those 25 dollars are gonne to be retaken soon after elections when the oligarchs rise the price of bassic foodstuf to earn the given money back. This kind of things left us 600 year whitout independence and unfortunetly we repeat the history
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08.05.2012 04:00
the main source of vote rigging is around 300000 fake passports issued by OVIR in the hands of Republicans. The day the name of voters is allowed to be published in armenia, that is the day republicans will lose their grip on monopoly power in armenia. ALl struggle must go toward publishing voter names and getting those fake passports out of the voting system.
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08.05.2012 01:50
Those here who defend the integrity of the Sunday election that was, in my view, the filthiest in the history of Armenia as bribes were being distributed en masse and people were voting for money and other favors - have you ever thought how dangerous it is to cultivate this culture of bribed voters in a tiny nation like ours? There will always be someone who's got more money than you. What will be next to vote for - a referendum for Karabakh status or a deal with Turkey to give up the Genocide "claim"? It's a dangerous path to travel, believe me.
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08.05.2012 00:01
First of all happy that at least the pre-election period went calm and there were computation and free media! I am not for LTP & Co, but still not happy with the election results. I would say the ruling elite has used state resource – from head of villages to the teacher in the school seems to have played a dirty roll.. But it doesn´t mean every officials who is a member of Republican party is a bad guy.. BUT! About 40% of people did NOT took part, lest than 50% of those who did took part, have refused the Republican Party and corruption in generally. As we see a big majority of people (those who went to vote and those who prefer to stay home) have refuse the corrupt ruling elite in this or other way. ON reason why the Republican Party has no right to calm to be elected by the majority of people! If Republican party decide to stay in power and insist on “one party system” for another more 5 year - and corruption an abuse of power remains as it is - the immigration will rapidly raise- I hope I am mistaken, but it seems that Armenian´s enemies (will be turn out) to be the real winners on May 6 parliamentary election – I have a peace o land in an Armenian village and I know how corrupt people close to ruling elite can be..
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07.05.2012 16:53
Progress in Russia, Armenia, France, Greece and Serbia... The Anglo-American-Zionist global order will fall sooner than later.
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07.05.2012 14:01
Haha. I liked the title but sadly it might be true. I like Voskanian for the fact that he's clean but wonder if he's strong enough for a leader to clean up the mess. The guy doesn't even look into your eyes when he talks. Gagik Tsarukyan might be a good candidate as far as physically beating the c**P out of Aliev if he disagrees during Karabakh negotiations but again you need a bit of intelligence to deal with other world leaders and he doesn't have that. Levon Ter Petrossian had his moment and he blew it. No body wants to recycle Robert Kocharian either. I'm saying lets outsource our presidency to Saakashvilli and let him take care of both countries. This would save millions in tax payer money and we don't have to pay him standard benefits such as mines, factories, monopolies that come as part of the benfits package for a new president.
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07.05.2012 11:44
It is surprising that we have so many "odar" pundits on the recent parliamentary election in Armenia. A simple question to them "did you see or hear what happened in the streets or in the polling boots in Armnenia?". How dare you judge based on your ignorance? On another subject: my fellow "Concerned Armenian" stop accusing people of being CIA agents when you disagree with them. Are you a KGB agent?
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07.05.2012 11:44
It is surprising that we have so many "odar" pundits on the recent parliamentary election in Armenia. A simple question to them "did you see or hear what happened in the streets or in the polling boots in Armnenia?". How dare you judge based on your ignorance? On another subject: my fellow "Concerned Armenian" stop accusing people of being CIA agents when you disagree with them. Are you a KGB agent?
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07.05.2012 10:30
Armenia as a nation has lost in the "election." It was a test for us all and we failed. Let's face it. There are no winners, as time will show and I am afraid it will show very soon. What we have seen is only a tip of an iceberg of moral degradation. Do the likes of "Earl Browders" really believe that a decent society can be built on such a shaky foundation?
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07.05.2012 07:39
I doubt Oskanian is wiser than Serzh, in addition is has a defeatist personality by nature - not somebody you'd have as a president of a country which is under real threat of war. Despite all the doom and gloom, I consider these elections as a rather positive development from the civil society standpoint - we had high voter turnout, iditord.org, large set of observers, clean pre-election coverage. We are not there yet - a long way towards western democracy for a country which is 20 years old and which struggles against external deadly enemies... but it's largely a step in the right direction.
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07.05.2012 07:33
The people of Armenia has spoken. The clear winner in the May 6th, elections is the RPA. Case closed. During the campaigning season,the candidates of the opposition parties had reasonable opportunities to provide evidences of their accomplishments, to convince the public why they are better candidates,and to explain them of their clear vision for Armenia. Instead, they chose to run a smear campaign and blame the current government for all the problems Armenia and its people are experiencing. Serves you right, you had your chance and you blew it. Now quit yer whinning.
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07.05.2012 06:58
In better times, John Hughes and his entire staff at CIA-NOW would be tried for espionage and high treason, put against a wall and shot through the head. I am looking forward to better times in Armenia.
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07.05.2012 06:13
Another 5 miserable years for the people.Unless they vote for a new president.And I mean a new person not the 3 last presidents.
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07.05.2012 04:48
They can't cope with their loss. Another pathetic article on the Armenian elections, this one from the "unbiased" "independent" media source ArmeniaNow. The way they twist points, the numerous lies, are just unbelievable for such a "fair", "democratic", "unbiased" and "independent" news agency (which is funded by the US). They quote "following 5 years of economic decline..".. so let's look it up; 2007, +13.7%, 2008, +6.9%, 2009, -14,2%, 2010 +2,6%, 2011, +4.6%. We see that the Armenian economy only declined in 2009, so why the lies? So because in other European countries, where the political landscape is not comparable to that of Armenia, some party leaders remained in power, and some not (like Gordon Brown or Sarkozy), the same should happen in Armenia? What a ridiculous statement this is. Why? What makes Armenia different? We'll, the difference is, the West has not been able to install a pro-Western regime in Armenia, as they did in Georgia through fake-revolutions, or in Libya, or just supporting a ruthless dictatorship in Saudi-Arabia. That's the difference. Quoting "why would other parties even bother to show up to vote on any act of legislature the Prime Minister would bring to the floor?" Why? BECAUSE that is called a democracy, it doesn't mean that in a democracy, every party should have decisive voting power, the losers should accept the outcome and honour their duties are parliamentarians. There have been DOZENS of examples of parties in the oh-so democratic Europe winning a majority of seats. Why isn't that quoted? Quoting "Going into Sunday, it was widely believed that this would be a vote in which PAP would cut into RPA's dominance". It was not widely believed, it was wished for by the pro-US establishment, which is one of the reason CIA-agent Vardan Oskanian joined the PAP. Quoting "party members willing to persuade voters $25 at a time". Persuading voters and bribing voters was largely done by PAP (even giving dozens of tractors to other materials to rural areas). Of course, this will be ignored, as the losers just can't cope with what happened.
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07.05.2012 04:28
Serzh needs to go. If only we can some how put Vardan Oskanian as the New President of Armenia life will change for everyone in Armenia. we will have a very strong country...........Serzh is to dumb.
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