I made this thread so we can discuss political happening in Armenia. Im gona start it of with a good example of Armenian democracy in action. Note that what goes on in other countries including the USA is actually far worst and that i am not doing this to make Hayastan look bad but to point out some obvious problems and perhaps discuss some possible solutions.
ELECTION CANDIDATE QUITS ARMENIAN PARLIAMENT RACE AFTER ASSAULT
Armenia - A 2012 parliamentary election banner at the Central
Election Commission in Yerevan
An independent election candidate has pulled out of the Armenian
parliamentary race after being injured in a reported attack which his
family blames on his main rival backed by President Serzh Sarkisian's
Republican Party of Armenia (HHK).
Meruzhan Mkhoyan's relatives confirmed on Monday that he withdrew
his candidacy from a single-mandate constituency in the southern
Armavir region because of the assault. "They were telling us, 'Drop
out or we'll hurt your kids," his wife told RFE/RL's Armenian service
(Azatutyun.am), referring to local loyalists of HHK candidate and
businessman Aleksan Petrosian.
According to his family, Mkhoyan was kidnapped from his house in the
regional capital Armavir and driven to a nearby village cemetery by a
group of men early on Friday. The incident is said to have degenerated
into a mass brawl after the candidate's friends and male relatives
rushed to his aid moments later.
Law-enforcement authorities have so far given few details of the
incident. They only said on Friday afternoon that two young men were
seriously injured in the melee and that criminal investigation is
underway. Nobody was arrested as of Monday evening.
It emerged that Mkhoyan and his cousin Mushegh were also taken to
an Armavir hospital later on Friday. Doctors there said the election
candidate suffered a concussion.
Mkhoyan, who is not known to have engaged in political activities
before, withdrew from the race on Saturday. According to a district
election commission in Armavir, he gave no reason for the move.
Mkhoyan was at home on Monday but refused to comment on the incident,
leaving it to his wife and other relatives to answer journalists'
questions. The relatives insisted that Petrosian's loyalists attacked
him in order to force him to stop challenging the HHK candidate in
the May 6 election. Petrosian's campaign aides denied the allegations,
The HHK leadership in Yerevan also denied any connection with the
Armavir violence. "I don't think that was done for the Republican
Party," HHK spokesman Eduard Sharmazanov told RFE/RL's Armenian service
(Azatutyun.am). "But if anyone breached the law in any way, they must
be strictly punished regardless of their party affiliation."
"Everyone must realize that paying [the ruling party] a lip service
will not work anymore," he said. "Everyone must know that for the
Republican Party the most important objective is the conduct of free,
fair and democratic elections."
Sharmazanov added that the incident must not call into question the
seriousness of the Armenian authorities' pledges to make the May 6
parliamentary elections the most democratic in the country's history.
Armenia's leading opposition groups will likely dismiss these
assurances. Earlier this year they joined forces to demand that the
elections be held only under the party-list basis. Wealthy candidates
traditionally doing well in single-mandate constituencies have long
been accused by them of vote buying and intimidation.
The HHK majority in the outgoing National Assembly rejected the
opposition demands. The vast majority of 33 candidates fielded
by President Sarkisian's party in single-seat districts are
government-linked businessmen like Petrosian. The latter owns one of
Armenia's leading alcoholic beverage firms.