After the Snap Elections


Number of female lawmakers in Armenia’s new Parliament increases by 14
/Jan 8/

YEREVAN – The number of female lawmakers will be 32 in the new Parliament of Armenia: their number was 18 in the previous convocation Parliament, reports Armenpress.

The females will comprise nearly 25% of 132 MPs in the Parliament of 7th convocation.

My Step alliance will have 23 female lawmakers in the Parliament, the Prosperous Armenia party – 5 female MPs and the Bright Armenia party – 4 female MPs.

Snap parliamentary elections were held in Armenia on December 9. Based on the election results, three political forces – My Step alliance, Prosperous Armenia and Bright Armenia parties have been elected to the Parliament.

My Step alliance will have 88 seats, the Prosperous Armenia party – 26 and the Bright Armenia party – 18 seats in the new Parliament.

The first session will be held on January 14.

Armenia sees most improvement in Democracy Index 2018
/Jan 9/ARKA/

YEREVAN – Armenia saw the most improvement among all “hybrid regime” countries in Eastern Europe in 2018, raising its score to 4.79, from 4.11 in 2017. This led to a jump in its ranking from 111 to 103, according to the eleventh edition of the Democracy Index, compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), which reveals that political participation is on the rise in almost every region of the world. Whilst clearly disillusioned with formal political institutions, the population has turned anger into action, and turned out to vote, and to protest, it says.
The report says the “Velvet Revolution” against an attempt by Serzh Sargsyan, the former president, to stay in power by switching to the post of prime minister resulted in the appointment of Nikol Pashinyan, an opposition leader, as prime minister. 
It says Pashinyan’s opposition coalition subsequently swept the Yerevan municipal election and won a staggering 70% of the vote in a parliamentary election in December 2018. These developments, and Pashinyan’s subsequent anti-corruption campaign, improved the country’s scores for government accountability and transparency.
They also resulted in a vast improvement in citizens’ perception of corruption and confidence in the government and political parties. The Velvet Revolution resulted in an increase in voter turnout and in the percentage of citizens actively participating in demonstrations to remove Sargsyan from power.
Armenia’s neighbors Georgia (89th) and Turkey (110th) are also in the same group of “hybrid regimes”. Azerbaijan (149th) and Russia (144th) are listed among “authoritarian regimes”.  Among former Soviet republics, Armenia is behind only Moldova (79th), Ukraine (84th) and Georgia (89th). The Index is topped by Norway, Iceland, Sweden, New Zealand and Denmark. Syria and Northern Korea are on the bottom of the list.
The EIU Democracy Index provides a snapshot of the state of world democracy for 165 independent states and two territories. The Democracy Index is based on five categories: electoral process and pluralism; civil liberties; the functioning of government; political participation; and political culture. Based on their scores on 60 indicators within these categories, each country is then itself classified as one of four types of regime: full democracy; flawed democracy; hybrid regime; and authoritarian regime.

Incumbent minister to be re-appointed in re-structured brand-new Ministry of High Technologies and Industry
/Jan 10/

YEREVAN – Caretaker Minister of Transportation, Communication and Information Technologies will continue serving in his position.

“There has been a discussion about the continuation of my tenure, I will remain in office,” Arshakyan told reporters.

But the ministry plans to change the current ministry’s structure and transform it into Ministry of High Technologies and Industry. “It will deal with commercializing the products of the mind,” he said.

He said they are trying not to include the word “military-industry” in the title of the ministry in order to avoid possible obstacles while working with international partners.

Parliament staff returns 404 million drams to state budget
/Jan 10/

YEREVAN – The staff of the Parliament of Armenia has saved 404 million AMD during 2018, deputy chief of staff of the Parliament Arsen Babayan said on Facebook, reports Armenpress.

“This saving is a result of effective management and right regulation of expenditures. The 404 million drams saved have been returned to the state budget”, he said.