The recently established opposition political party led by Armenia’s former foreign minister Vartan Oskanian has declared a regime change as its main goal in the October 2 municipal elections in the country’s second and third largest cities, Gyumri and Vanadzor.
An opposition member of parliament in Nagorno-Karabakh, who was assaulted and beaten up in June over what he claims were his political activities, believes that the four men arrested in connection with the incident will be released soon as part of the amnesty declared by the internationally unrecognized republic’s ethnic Armenian authorities on the occasion of the approaching 25th anniversary of its declaration of independence.
A leading Armenian civic activist believes the government’s failure to honor its landmark deal with the opposition to introduce anti-fraud mechanisms in time for next year’s parliamentary elections will cause new strong disappointment of the West.
“Hayots Ashkhar” notes that while authorities do not raise any obstacles to the bid of Arayik Khandoyan, an arrested member of the Sasna Tsrer group that seized and held for two weeks a police station in Yerevan last month, to run for an elected office in his home community, it is the radical opposition Founding Parliament movement that categorically speaks against his move and urges Khandoyan to withdraw from the race.
The actions of the gunmen who seized a police station in Yerevan and held it for two weeks in a deadly standoff with security forces last month amounted to terrorism, Armenian Parliament Speaker Galust Sahakian implied on Thursday.
Armenia’s parliamentary opposition Heritage party welcomes the release of its three leading members charged with organizing mass disturbances during last month’s protest, but demands that their controversial prosecution be stopped as well.
Armenia’s Central Electoral Commission has registered as a mayoral candidate an arrested member of an armed group that seized and held a police station in Yerevan for two weeks in a deadly standoff with security forces last month.
“Zhoghovurd” suggests that the nomination of Arayik Khandoyan, an arrested member of the Sasna Tsrer group that seized and held for two weeks a police station in Yerevan last month, as a candidate for mayor in his home village of Tsaghkahovit has created a rather interesting situation.