ArmInfo. Artsakh authorities do not want to realize the seriousness of the situation around the situation with the spread of coronavirus. They do not want to realize the vital necessity of postponing elections. A similar opinion was expressed by ArmInfo, the head of the Center for Strategic Studies "Ashkhar" Rachya Arzumanyan.
"Armenia and Artsakh are two states with a common security environment. Accordingly, there cannot be a situation in which the state of emergency is in Armenia and nothing happens in Artsakh. If there is a coronavirus in Armenia, this means that sooner or later it will end up in Artsakh. The policy towards overcoming the coronavirus should be general and Yerevan should coordinate this policy, "he emphasized. According to the analyst, the termination of the election campaign in Artsakh is not the task and problem of the presidential candidates, but the incumbent President Bako Sahakyan. According to Arzumanyan, the authorities in Stepanakert simply do not realize the seriousness and extent of the problem and, pursuing political gain, do not assess strategic risks. Meanwhile, out of control of the situation in Artsakh, according to his forecasts, is fraught with serious threats. The analyst does not see any problems in postponing the elections for 2-3 months, arguing that the unresolved security issue excludes the very right to speak about politics. According to him, in this light, the desire of the authorities to hold elections at the scheduled time at any cost is a big mistake. The coronavirus has discounted its political ambitions and expectations, but the Artsakh authorities stubbornly refuse to notice this.
"In Artsakh, it is simply necessary to carry out all the events that are held in Armenia. All this needs to be synchronized on the basis of the experience of Yerevan. What is the point of the elections if they can end with the penetration of coronavirus into the army? See what Italy's lack of risk assessment led to , Spain, USA. Meanwhile, Artsakh is following the same path today, is going to hold elections in this situation. Thank God, the authorities in Armenia are in control of the situation. I am convinced that action should be taken in the issue of holding elections in Artsakh only in the category of statesman, not politician, "summed up Arzumanyan. The main competitors in the upcoming March 31 presidential and parliamentary elections in Artsakh are ex-minister of state, one of the richest people in the country Araik Harutyunyan and current Foreign Minister Masis Mayilyan. Harutyunyan is supported by the current authorities of Artsakh, Mayilyana is ex-commander of the Artsakh Defense Army Samvel Babayan, several other political forces. In total, 14 presidential candidates registered in the Artsakh CEC.