What’s the Prognosis?

Following the parliamentary elections in Armenia on May 6 of this year, international observers gave a mixed report on the elections’ fairness and correctness. Generally speaking, as in the past, the observers said “there is some improvement in the electoral process and needs more, at the same time there were may irregularities, which should be corrected.

Some observers said that although there was calm during the voting process, nevertheless, “in the race, several stakeholders too often failed to comply with the laws’ and abide by all the international agreements to create a healthy atmosphere. Other observers stressed that they witnessed many irregularities and particularly bribing, voters, distributing survival needs, including tractors to the villagers, money and other essentials to others, this year the issue was the disappearing of stamps from the passports and may people apparently voted more than one time.

Whatever the results, only the Armenian National Congress has applied to the Constitutional Court and made an appeal against the official results of the elections. Most probably the results will not change.

You don’t hear about platforms from the parties or individuals and you don’t know where they stand on crucial issues, except once in a while they make statements and the statements are only lip service. The average person says “they are all the same” because they haven’t seem improvements in their lives. Very seldom you hear about projects and plans and how to implement them.

Meanwhile, the ruling Republican Party won more seats in the Parliament and will be able to control the proceedings. The others are Prosperous Armenia, Armenian National Congress, Heritage Party and the ARF. But a surprise took place last week when Gagik Tsarukyan, the leader of the second important political party, the Prosperous Armenia, which also gained the second largest number of parliament members, announced that his party will not be part of the ruling coalition, as it was during the last elections. Some analysts were surprised at the announcement, but many were expecting it. Now the opposition will be stronger, and it will be difficult for the government to rule the country the way they want. The government is not formed yet but many have ideas as to who will be appointed to the ministerial posts, and many believe they will be mostly from the Republican Party.

In many analysts’ and political party leaders’ mind, it is not clear as to what will happen in a month or so. Not too many people are able to give a prognosis as to what will happen. There is a glum prospect and I hope it will change.

Armenia has so many problems to solve that unity, if possible, should be behind major issues. People should work together for the betterment of the country — local problems, like emigration, unemployment, education, clean environment, affordable medical services, road constructions, enforcement of rule and order, etc. and on the international issues like dealing with Turkey, Azerbaijan, Iran, and other countries.

Although we are represented in various world associations and organizations, but many times our presence is not felt in these organizations. Armenia’s voice is not heard often. In international affairs, Armenia’s public relations needs to be improved to make it a powerful too to make a dent in world affairs.

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