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David Stepanyan

Political scientist: On June 20, the bureaucratic legitimacy of the  Pashinyan government was restarted in Armenia

Political scientist: On June 20, the bureaucratic legitimacy of the  Pashinyan government was restarted in Armenia

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.

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