ArmInfo. From now on there are no more people in Armenia, who would hope to build an authoritarian power system. Director of the Armenian Center for Strategic and National Studies Manvel Sargsyan expressed a similar opinion to ArmInfo.
"Armenia became independent in 1991, and already in 1992 opposition to power appeared in the country. The opposition had the only idea and purpose of changing the government. At the same time, no one wanted to introduce the people to the country's development program, they did not even have any. The need to change the power was simply determined by the need for a "change of the criminal regime," he stressed.
However, according to the analyst, in the spring of 2018, along with the previous government, the ideas were gone, since there were never any ideas other than a change of power among the opposition, including the My Step bloc that came to power. As a result, some forces tried to get out of the vacuum formed in the political field, again returning to the demands for a change of power. However, according to Sargsyan, Armenian society is no longer interested in such games.
Nevertheless, according to the analyst, the internal political life in Armenia began to leave the state of vacuum, and the internal political processes are gradually developing. Unlike previous decades, the situation, according to Sargsyan, quickly changed by the environmental problem around Mount Amulsar. In his opinion, no one expected that not only part of society would oppose the new government, and Prime Minister Pashinyan, but also parliamentarians who had appeared in parliament as a result of the victory of the "My Step" bloc in early parliamentary elections.
Amulsar gold mine is located ten kilometers from the resort of Jermuk. According to the explored reserves of gold, the deposit takes the second place in Armenia. Geological exploration, which began in 2007, ended in 2015 with an environmental and social assessment of mining at the mine. Civil activists and environmentalists opposed the mine's operation, organizing mass protests in this regard, forcing Lydian Armenia to conduct additional research.
Sargsyan sees the reasons for such a qualitatively new situation, the resolution of which is wholly linked to the resolution of the Amulsar problem, in the environmental movements that have appeared in Armenia over the past decade. In his opinion, it was the participants in these movements, who formed new technologies and forged personnel to oppose the power. As a result, it was precisely such a movement that demolished the old system of power initiating a popular wave of protest. "Thus, the power that replaced the Republicans, in principle, can put aside practically any problem for later. Any problem, but not the one related to the environment. And deciding to confront the public on environmental issues, the government immediately shook. It's clear that, having realized the threats, that such development poses to personally himself the Prime Minister is trying to find a solution to Amulsar, "he said.
According to the analyst, Amulsar has a potential that can put Nikol Pashinyan in a situation where his parliament will appoint a completely different person as prime minister. Just like it happened last year with the Parliament of Serzh Sargsyan. It should be noted that on September 9, the Prime Minister of Armenia appealed to the residents of Jermuk and civil activists with a call to unblock the roads leading to the Amulsar mine. Pashinyan justified this by the need to study the situation on the spot, assuring the protesting activists that the mine would not be operated anyway until mid-2020.