Monday, July 09, 2007

Preparing for the presidential elections.

Only a week after the parliamentary elections in Armenia, every Tom, Dick and Harry in the political arena announced that they would be running for president in 2008. Every single opposition party leader sees himself (there are no women running parties in Armenia currently) as the next president. These people cannot learn a lesson - you can't beat the ruling party (HHSh from 1995 till 1998 and HHK since 1998) in an election if you are not united. But apparently their ambitions prevent them from recognizing elementary truths.

My opinion is that the opposition should unite around Raffi Hovhannisian and the Jarangutyun party. The party has proven that it is the favorite opposition party. If it acts in the interests of the general population in the parliament until the election and does not tarnish itself, it will become more popular.


Anonymous said...

I suggest a fusion of Zharangutyun and Orinatz Erkir parties.

New "Zharangutyun - Orinatz Yerkir" Party will have a good chance to win.


nazarian said...

Proudtobehayastantsi, you are right not to dismiss Orinats Yerkir - they have stuck to their guns as an opposition despite the pressures from the government. I like their Europe influenced values.

Onnik Krikorian said...

Nazarian, how will Raffi H get past the residency/citizenship requirements for standing. He can appeal to the courts, I suppose, or hope that the police and CEC rule in his favor, but it's unlikely.

However, I would agree with your general assessment about a common opposition candidate, but I just don't see how Raffi H is going to manage it.

Yes, I suppose there's Artur Baghdasarian, but I think there's still a lot of anger, bitterness and resentment towards him from some of the other opposition leaders who now doubt will put their personal ambitions above that of the nation.