ArmInfo.The results of the early parliamentary elections held on June 20 in Armenia, first of all, I characterize as a restart of the bureaucratic legitimacy of Nikol Pashinyan's government. Director of the Caucasus Institute Alexander Iskandaryan expressed a similar opinion to ArmInfo.
"Precisely bureaucratic, and not democratic, social or any other. First of all, due to the fact that, having received the support of now 54% of voters, from now on, Pashinyan and his Civil Contract party will be able to present their mandate to anyone who dares to express doubt in it. And this is already regardless of the results of the 44-day war, the situation around the Syunik region, etc. Pashinyan made his own restart, which opens up certain new opportunities for him, "he stressed.
At the same time, according to the political scientist, Pashinyan received a completely different situation in parliament following the elections. And this is despite the fact that formally the constitutional majority in parliament is still retained by one party - "Civil Contract". Changes in the situation Iskandaryan stipulates the replacement of "Prosperous Armenia" and "Bright Armenia" in parliament with two completely different political forces in relation to the Civil Contract and Pashinyan. In the opinion of the political scientist, the appearance of the "Armenia" and "I Have Honor" blocs in the National Assembly outlines the prospect of the movement of protest moods from the street into its walls. These forces will not be able to directly influence the decisions made by Pashinyan, but they will be able to protest and represent the protest part of the population in parliament. Which did not happen even after the end of last year's war.
"In this sense, after these elections, Armenia is more likely to become Germany, not France. At the same time, I do not at all believe that street forms of protests will now disappear completely. Protest part of the population after June 20 received a representation within the walls of parliament. I cannot judge whether it is good or bad, and how it may end, "Iskandaryan summed up.
It should be reminded that according to the preliminary results of the early parliamentary elections held on June 20 in Armenia, after the CEC counted votes from all 2008 precincts, the acting party won. Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan "Civil Contract" gained 53.92% - 687,251 votes. Pashinyan won in all regions of Armenia, including Yerevan. Of the remaining 25 political forces that took part in the elections, only the bloc of former President of Armenia Robert Kocharian "Armenia" will be represented in the new parliament - 21.04% - 268,165 votes and, as provided by law, the third force, which gained 5.23% is the bloc "I Have the Honor". All other political forces together collected 15.7% Out of the 2.578 million citizens eligible to vote, 1,281,174 or 49.4% of voters took part in the voting.