PROTAGONIST - THE DEAL
- Hayk Gevorgyan's arrest shadowed the election passions in the press thought the main "political" events took place last week. The point is about the statement of the MP from Bargavach Hayastan party Vardan Bostanjyan that their party will support Serzh Sargsyan in the presidential elections. After this statement, the magic word "deal" appeared in the press, which apparently, will become fundamental in the upcoming elections. So far, elections have always been just deals between parties, rather, between persons having financial, force, criminal and party resources. "Elections" were first held between these figures: first they agreed on the votes, and only then the official elections were held. The role of the society was limited to the "ratification" of the deal. In 2008, this order was violated because then they failed to involve Ter-Petrosyan in the deal. Fair elections were held: on the one hand - political forces which made a deal, on the other hand - those who rejected it. The resource of the first group was stronger. Disagreements between the RPA and BHP let us hope there would be no deal this time, and fair elections would be held. But, both parties seem to have decided fair elections are more dangerous for them than the most favorable deal. The change of rhetoric of the party proves the deal happened. Hraparak daily even released the text of the deal on majoritarian districts. The paper affirms in the course of the January 30 meeting between Serzh Sargsyan, Gagik Tsarukyan and Artur Baghdasaryan, it was agreed that RPA candidates will be put forward in 23 election districts, BHP - 7 and Orinats Yerkir - 4. In these election districts coalition partners will not put forward candidates against each other. In the resting 4 districts, the RPA and BHP will fight for parliamentary mandates. If elections are based on deals again, it will mean that the politicians drew no conclusions from what happened in the Arab world and what is now happening in Russia. In both places, the civil society entered the political arena demanding to eliminate the ruling dictatorship and to hold fair election without deals. These two demands are inseparable because the ruling dictatorship was unable to hold free elections just from the beginning, it has always preferred deal even at the cost of losing a part of the power. Will the Armenian society manage to self-organize like those of the Arab countries and Russia and to impose the first demand of the change of power and then of free elections? After 2008 presidential elections, it almost happened, but apparently, the society saw Levon Ter-Petrosyan's leadership as "alternative authoritarianism" and made few efforts to support him. In this sense, the best way for the Armenian National Congress to return the support of the society is the rejection of running in elections and organization of actions demanding to eliminate the dictatorship and to hold free elections. Naira Hayrumyan
© AUAToday in Armenian history
- 1300 Death at the age of 53 of the Cilician Armenian King Levon the Third. He was the eldest son of King Hetoom the First.
- 1905 Fighting breaks out between Armenians and Azeri Turks in Baku, Yerevan, Gandja, and Shooshee.
- 1919 Opening of the Second Conference of Western Armenians, which first accepted formula about "Political Program of United and Independent Armenia".
- 1919 Start of the Western Armenians' Second Conference. There were 55 participants.
- 1980 In Bern (Switzerland) Swiss police arrest Hrair Max Kelinjian, a member of the illegal political organization "Justice Fighters for Armenian Genocide". He killed the Turkish Ambassador in Bern. After a trial lasting two years, he was condemned to two years' imprisonment.