PanArmenian, Armenia
Dec 29 2011

Top 10 political events of 2011 from PanARMENIAN.Net

Here are 10 major domestic events that can have a serious impact on
domestic developments in the coming year as well.

The year 2011 was filled with political events. It was a year
remarkable for social tensions, protests, maneuvers of political
forces, authorities' attempts to stabilize the country and retain
control to prevent a local `Arab Spring'. Here are 10 major domestic
events that can have a serious impact on domestic developments in the
coming year as well.
December 29, 2011

10. New Electoral Code

The new Electoral Code, according to the authorities will ensure fair
and most transparent elections in the history of modern Armenia. It
was favored by international institutions, including the Venice
Commission but received harsh criticism from the Armenian opposition.

9. Trchkan waterfall and ecologists' victory

Ecologists' struggle to protect Trchkan waterfall against construction
of a hydropower plant that ended in greens' rare victory emerged as
one of the major domestic events.

8. Heritage opposition party leader Raffi Hovannisian's 15-day hunger strike

Mr. Hovannisian's hunger strike in Liberty Square was one of the hotly
debated topics in March 2011. Hungry for Change: Freedom and Justice
in Armenia protest action lasted 15 days.

7. Armenian army

Armenian army saw both positive and negative events. On the one hand,
the military parade astonished with its might; on the other hand,
numerous deadly incidents aroused great concerns.

6. Rumors of Robert Kocharian's return

After the decision of Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to regain
presidency, rumors of possible repetition of the Russian scenario went
afloat in Armenia. Robert Kocharian, at the same time, repeatedly
criticized the current authorities in media interviews.

5. Prosperous Armenia factor

In the course of the year, Prosperous Armenia party was trying to get
rid of the image of `younger' coalition partner of the ruling
Republican Party of Armenia. The conflict escalated when PA leader
Gagik Tsarukyan allegedly refused to support incumbent President Serzh
Sargsyan at the future elections.

4. Nagorno Karabakh process and Kazan meeting

The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs' tried to intensify talks for
settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, with Russian President
Dmitry Medvedev organizing meetings with Armenian and Azerbaijani
leaders. However, the landmark presidential gathering in Kazan on June
24 yielded no tangible result.

3. Political dialogue

Amid pressing social problems and Arab spring, the authorities had to
meet radical opposition halfway and start dialogue with the major
opposition force - the Armenian National Congress.

2. Parade of resignations

The chain of resignations shook the country in autumn. The first to go
was head of the presidential administration Karen Karapetyan, followed
by his namesake Karen Karapetyan, the mayor of Yerevan. National
Assembly speaker Hovik Abrahamyan and police chief Alik Sargsyan
resigned on November 1, the former to chair the RPA election
headquarters and the latter to assume the post of presidential

1. ANC rallies The rallies of the Armenian National Congress
opposition bloc started in February and continued through the whole
year with the main demand of President's resignation and conduction of
extraordinary elections.

Hayk Khalatyan / PanARMENIAN News

From: Baghdasarian

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