- Poverty is becoming the most important political factor in Armenia. As the chairman of the Armenian Pan-National Movement Aram Manukyan noted, with the present level of poverty in Armenia, the election is turned into trade in votes. Nobody argues that election bribe is the key method used in the campaign for the mayoral election in Hrazdan and will be soon applied in the parliamentary elections. Anyway, during the parliamentary hearing yesterday nobody questioned the statements of the ARFD and the Armenian National Congress representatives that election bribes were distributed to voters in Hrazdan. It is possible, of course, to consider this issue from several angles, saying that poor people sell their votes to those who pay more, we can state people have no civil conscience and are not aware of the power of their vote. But the important thing here is to understand the level of poverty of the society, and see how many people live beyond the poverty threshold, when they manage to maintain their families with AMD 5 thousand. So many people in Armenia are in debt, jobless, relying on luck to find money for their daily bread. Who is to blame? What has the government done to reduce the number of these people? According to the UN, these people are over 30% of the population of Armenia. In other words, one third of the population does not feel the existence of the government, does not receive any kind of assistance. On the contrary, confronts with it all the time. The level of poverty has increased recently and the government of Armenia is responsible for that. The government is to blame for every step it took were aimed, as it stated itself, at the solution of macroeconomic issues. At the same time, the government does not hide that the society will not taste the fruits of its steps right now. So what was the purpose of these steps if it was not the improvement of the quality of life of people? Was the purpose to enrich the notorious 1%? The government which admits the existence of such a huge number of poor people in the country but does nothing to reduce poverty does it on purpose to have at least one third of the electorate ready to sell their votes. If the government took up steps to improve the quality of life, a middle class would be formed in Armenia which would acquire civil consciousness and would ask questions to the government. The Prime Minister does not hide that it does not do anything to prevent emigration of people who need work. He joked once that these people are potential revolutionaries who had better be removed in time. As a result, the "potential revolutionaries" are sent abroad, and those who stay are maintained at such a level of poverty for them to die from hunger and be ready to sell everything for 5 thousand drams. If a person condemns another person to starvation, he will be immediately sued as a criminal. But, when the government condemns 30% of the population to starvation, it is considered economic policy in crisis "which makes mistakes". But the worst thing is that this government is trying to prove the rightness of its policy and to hold on to power and it succeeds because it has done its main job in 5 years - it has formed a poor electorate. Naira Hayrumyan
© AUAToday in Armenian history
- 1875 Birth in Idgir (Western Armenia) of ophthalmologist-surgeon Hayk Kanayan.
- 1916 During the First World War, Russian forces occupy Gareen (Erzroom) in north-eastern Turkey.
- 1921 Victory of the rebellion against the Menshevik Georgian Government in the so-called "Loree Neutral Zone". The Armenian flag is raised in all 41 villages of the zone.
- 1927 The People's Communist Council of the Republic approves a new regulation establishing the following Faculties at Yerevan State University: Socio-Economics, Education, Agriculture, Medicine and Technology.
- 1932 Creation of the Local Branch of the All-Union "Old Bolsheviks' Association".