GENERAL ELECTIONS IN ARMENIA: CONTINUE IN THE SAME WAY




İlknur Şebnem Öztemel-TDO-Parliamentaryelections inArmenia, held on 2 April 2017. It is the first election afterthe constitutional referendum in 2015 that approved reforms for the country to become aparliamentary republic. 

According to the recent results, the Republican Party,led by Serzh Sargsyanis the first party with 49.64 percent of votes while the opposition coalition, Tsarukyan Party,led by Gagik Tsarukian, a former arm wrestler and one of the wealthiest men in the state, is the second party with 28.29 percent of votes. Also, the Way Out party alliance is the third with 7.02 percent of votes.

In order to enter the parliament, Armenian parties need to get 5% of the votes and party alliances need 7% of votes to get into the Parliament.

Executive Secretary of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Sergei Lebedev, told Sputnik that Armenia's parliamentary elections were held in accordance with democratic norms and with no violations. He said,“The April 2 elections to the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia were held in accordance with the constitution, the electoral code and universally recognized democratic norms of holding elections ".

In 2015, Armenians voted in favor of a change in the political system from semi-presidential system to parliamentary system. Some of the critics said 62-year-old Sargsyan proposed the deal to have a place in state politics, even after the end of his term. It has been alleged that Sargsyan wants to continue his political career as prime minister after his second term ends in 2018. He was elected as the president in 2008.

Armenia has close ties with Russia. In addition to these, Armenian government developed its relations with Iran, in Sargsyan’s second term. Armenia has political problems with Azerbaijan as it has invaded Nagorno-Karabakh.Moreover, bilateral relations between Armenia and Turkey has frozen as Armenia has endless anonymity towards the Turkish Republic due to theso-called Armenian genocide. Armenian republic sees the genocide lie as a way to prosper and get additional territory where it could not be able to get by fair military power in Turkish War of Independence.