IS CAPITAL GETTING READY FOR NEW ELECTIONS?

Naira Hayrumyan
13:08 29/03/2013
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The "great" redistribution of capital has started in Armenia. What
should have started five years ago when Serzh Sargsyan came to power,
is beginning now when Sargsyan took his last term in office.

Over the last couple of days the press has reported several major
deals, such as the sale of the controlling interest of the Armenian
Business Bank to the head of the Control Service of the president
Hovhannes Hovsepyan and Armavia's bankruptcy and sale of this company
and Mika Cement to Gagik Tsarukyan. There have been reports also
on the possible bankruptcy of Nairit and its sale. There are also
rumors on the sale of the chain of supermarkets Yerevan City to the
French Carrefour.

This news proves that redistribution of capital has started in the
country. Economist Ashot Yeghiazaryan says this is related to the
change of government in Armenia. Though formally it happened five years
ago, according to him, those who used to have economic levers five
years ago are losing them, as well as their political levers only now.

However, if the rumors that Gagik Tsarukyan may buy two big enterprises
and Samvel Alexanyan may sell his supermarkets come true, then the
redistribution of capital has a different concept. Either Gagik
Tsarukyan is boosting his political leverages, hence the second
president Robert Kocharyan wants to come back, or Serzh Sargsyan's
oligarchs felt that they are losing the ground under their feet so
they are trying to get rid of their assets in Armenia.

Anyway, redistribution of property is in process, and since capital
is the best indicator of political stability, apparently capital is
getting ready for new elections, presidential or parliamentary.