Friday 1 February 2008
January 25, 2008
Armenia: Presidential Campaign Gets Under Way
The nine candidates in the February 19 presidential ballot made public their respective manifestos and held their first meetings with voters on January 21, the first day of the election campaign. Former President Levon Ter-Petrossian was the first to hit the campaign trail, with other major opposition candidates contenting themselves with news conferences and other indoor meetings. For his part, Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian, widely regarded as the frontrunner, visited several of his campaign offices in Yerevan on January 21, before heading the following day to the southern district of Vayots Dzor, where he assured voters that if elected, he will double household incomes within five years.
January 18, 2008
Armenia: Mutual Animosity, Mistrust Overshadow Presidential Election
The Armenian presidential election on February 19 will determine whether incumbent President Robert Kocharian, who is barred by the constitution from serving a third consecutive term, succeeds in handing over power to his anointed successor, Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian, whose Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) won a majority of seats in the parliament elected in May 2007.
January 10, 2008
Armenia: Former President Unveils Election Manifesto
Former President Levon Ter-Petrossian made public on January 7 his election campaign manifesto for the presidential ballot on February 19, pledging to turn Armenia into a "normal" state where governments are formed as a result of free elections and respect laws, human rights, and free enterprise. The 16-page document also reaffirms his earlier bitter criticism of the country's current leadership, affirming that an election victory for Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian's would be "tantamount to a national disaster."
November 12, 2007
EU Panel Weighs Prospects Of Caucasus-Caspian Region
BRUSSELS, November 12, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- A panel of eminent political figures from the European Union, its neighboring countries, and the United States will today release a report outlining a "future vision" for the Caucasian-Caspian region and its links to the rest of the world.
November 01, 2007
Armenian Ex-President Confirms Comeback Plans
By Emil Danielian and Liz Fuller http://gdb.rferl.org/BB6CCC02-D631-4162-ADBE-CBFB78D486A3_w203.jpg Ter-Petrossian announces his candidacy in Yerevan on October 26 (Photolur) November 1, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Ten years ago today, then-Armenian President Levon Ter-Petrossian published a landmark article in which he argued that Armenia's sustainable development hinged on a compromise solution to the Karabakh conflict. At the time, his calls for compromise on Karabakh were branded "defeatist," and led him to step down as president three months later. Now he is back, and seeking to regain the presidency in Armenia's elections in early 2008.
October 26, 2007
Armenia: Azerbaijani Politicians Mull Implications Of Ter-Petrossian Comeback
Levon Ter-Petrossian -- preparing for a comeback? (file photo) (ITAR-TASS) October 26, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- The possibility that Levon Ter-Petrossian, who served as Armenian president from the fall of 1991 until his forced resignation in February 1998, may announce his candidacy for the Armenian presidential ballot due in early 2008 has not only sent waves of shock and alarm through the incumbent Armenian leadership. It has also triggered speculation in Azerbaijan that the United States may back a presidential bid by Ter-Petrossian in the hope that he would adopt an unequivocally pro-Western position and help to undercut Russia's influence in the South Caucasus.
October 24, 2007
'My Only Thought Was To Escape Torture'
For nine days, police used electric shocks and bare fists to torture Aleksei Mikheyev for a nonexistent crime. While perhaps common in Russia, what happened next was not: Mikheyev took his case to the European Court of Human Rights -- and won.
October 23, 2007
Why Did Iran's Ahmadinejad Cut Short Armenia Visit?
October 23, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Amid speculation over why Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad suddenly cut short a visit to Armenia today, senior Armenian officials have told RFE/RL that it may have been due to the "deteriorating health" of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.