ArmInfo. Having questioned the holding of the second round of the presidential election in Nagorno-Karabakh, one of the candidates, Masis Mayilyan, turned into a key figure in the election campaign. Such an opinion was expressed to ArmInfo, by leading researcher of the Center for Euro-Atlantic Security of the Institute for International Studies at MGIMO (Moscow State University of International Relations) , Sergey Markedonov.
As a result of the presidential elections held in Artsakh on March 31, not one of the candidates won 50% of the vote. With the most votes in the first round, Araik Harutyunyan - 49.6% and Masis Mayilyan - 26.7% will have a second round. However, on April 5, Masis Mayilyan called on the Artsakh people to boycott the second round, making it impossible to carry out the threat of the spread of the coronavirus.
At the same time, the growing danger of coronavirus, with all its importance, is far from being the only motivation of Mayilyan, given that, according to his estimates,March 31 elections are far from those electoral processes that expected by the Artsakh society in the new conditions. Dissatisfaction with the move campaign, its results are indicated by opposition politicians, public organizations, voters. A protest rally was held in Stepanakert demanding the resignation of the current NKR authorities and the annulment of the election results, "he said.
At the same time, Markedonov is not at all sure that all 26.4% of Mayilyan's supporters will not go to vote in the second round. Thus, it can take place, after which disputes and contradictions will concentrate around the appearance. Moreover, even if the elections do not take place, this will lead to an extension of Bako Sahakyan's team's stay in power, which, in his opinion, is certainly not the goal of his many critics. It is here, according to analysts, that the opposition can resort to "revolutionary expediency." However, unlike Armenia itself, in Nagorno-Karabakh the possibility of a boycott and revision of the election results through street protests arises for the first time. Moreover, the possibility of escalation of the situation on the contact line remains. Thus, domestic political destabilization is fraught with an external threat for Karabakh, which limits both the radicalism of the opponents of the government and the latter's ability to take tough actions against the opposition.
"The future of President Mayilian also raises questions, if for him, of course, everything will turn out well in the conditions when the majority in the parliament is already behind Harutyunyan. It's worthwhile to note the skillful combination of the leader of the" velvet revolution "in Armenia Nikol Pashinyan with protest rhetoric and behind-the-scenes agreements by the Republicans, the Armenian Prime Minister is well aware of the degree of danger of the risks of internal destabilization, which is why, due to the risks of the coronavirus, he postponed even his own conflict with the Constitutional oud and it seems that now is the time to learn these truths and the people of Karabakh ", -. Markedonov concluded.
The parliamentary elections ended with the passage of five political forces in the Artsakh National Assembly. These are the parties "Free Homeland" / "United Civil Alliance" - 40.4%, "United Homeland" - 23.63%, "Justice" - 7.9%, ARF "Dashnaktsutyun" - 6.4% and "Democratic Party" Artsakh "- 5.81%.