Parliamentary elections of 9 December

 

Armenia’s president signs decree to dissolve parliament – The elections are set for December 9
/Nov 1/TASS, Russia/Viktor Drachev/

YEREVAN – Armenian President Armen Sarkissian signed a decree on Thursday dissolving parliament and setting an early parliamentary election for December 9, 2018, the presidential press service reports.

The decree comes into effect once it has been published, it said.


Armenia: Early Elections Confirmed
/Nov 1/Stratfor/

What Happened: Early elections will take place in Armenia no later than Dec. 15 after the country’s parliament twice failed to nominate a prime minister, Reuters reported Nov. 1. 

Why It Matters: By stepping down from his position — while leaving parliament unable to find a replacement — acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian has successfully overcome parliamentary pushback to his plan for early elections. Pashinian now appears poised to consolidate political power in parliament, as his party is expected to perform well in the vote.

Background: Pashinian rose to power in May following a non-violent political transition dubbed the Velvet Revolution. However, many of the lawmakers who were in power before this transition have retained their seats in parliament.


Lawmakers in Armenia trigger early parliamentary election
/Nov 1/Newsbook/By Reuters/

Lawmakers in Armenia triggered an early parliamentary election on Thursday after failing to elect a prime minister, a move sought by acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan who quit as premier last month in order to force a new vote.

Pashinyan, a former opposition leader who took power in May after a popular uprising, has long sought a new vote for parliament, which is still made up of members elected before demonstrators pushed the former ruling party out of power.

By quitting and leaving parliament unable to find a successor, he forced parliament to dissolve and hold a new vote.

“After the non-violent, velvet popular revolution in April-May this year, power in Armenia is finally returning to people,” Pashinyan told lawmakers on Thursday.

Pashinyan is very popular, and public support for parties not affiliated with him is low – not only for the former ruling Republican party but also for other groups represented in parliament, including Prosperous Armenia and Dashnaktsutyun.

The My Step Alliance, which includes Pashinyan’s Civil Contract Party, won 81 percent of the mayoral vote in the capital Yerevan in September.

Pashinyan said on Thursday there was an agreement between factions in parliament to hold a snap election on December 9. The election should be called by the president and held no later than Dec. 15.
 

Armenian president invites election observers from OSCE / ODIHR and CIS to watch December 9 polls
/Nov 6/ARKA/

YEREVAN – Armenia’s President Armen Sarkissian has formally invited OSCE / ODIHR and the CIS missions to Armenia for observing the extraordinary parliamentary elections slated for December 9. 

Sarkissian’s press office said official invitation letters were sent to the OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greming (a duplicate to the OSCE / ODIHR director Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir) and the head of the CIS executive committee, executive secretary Sergey Lebedev.
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan resigned October 16 to clear way for the dissolution of the parliament and holding early parliamentary elections.  Under the Armenian Constitution, early elections are held if lawmakers fail twice within 14 days to appoint a prime minister. 
Pashinyan was elected as PM by the country’s National Assembly after former president turned-prime minister Serzh Sargsyan resigned on April 23 under immense public pressure provided by weeks of nationwide protest against Sargsyan and his Republican Party.
 

Armenian government to release three billion drams for snap parliamentary elections
/Nov 8/ARKA/

YEREVAN – The government of Armenia has approved today a decision to allocate about 3 billion drams (about $6.1 million) for the preparation and holding of early parliamentary elections on December 9.
The acting Minister of Justice Artak Zeynalyan said some 2.7 billion drams will be released from the reserve fund of the government for the Central Election Commission. According to him, another 10 million drams will be provided to the Ministry of Justice for the publication of 10 thousand copies of the Electoral Code, and 234.2 million drams to the police. 
Of that amount 10 million drams will be spent on the purchase of clothing and stationery, and the remaining 224.2 million drams will be used for communication services and verification of the voter lists. Acting First Deputy Prime Minister Ararat Mirzoyan said Armenia will receive also assistance from international and donor organizations under the UN auspices, including the installation of video surveillance equipment and the publication of training materials.
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan resigned October 16 to clear way for the dissolution of the parliament and holding early parliamentary elections.  Under the Armenian Constitution, early elections are held if lawmakers fail twice within 14 days to appoint a prime minister. 
Pashinyan was elected as PM by the country’s National Assembly after former president turned-prime minister Serzh Sargsyan resigned on April 23 under immense public pressure provided by weeks of nationwide protest against Sargsyan and his Republican Party.  ($1 – 487.66 drams).

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