Opposition fails to derail Armenian PM’s endorsement | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Opposition fails to derail Armenian PM’s endorsement

Meanwhile, the experts interviewed by Kommersant noted that the initial mass protests after Armenia’s transition to parliamentary rule could turn the country into a new hotbed of tension in the post-Soviet space. "The opposition wants to flex its muscles for potential voters and encourage more people to take part in the protests," Hrant Mikaelian, a researcher at the Yerevan-based Caucasus Institute, told the paper. "Constitutional reform was actually aimed at preserving the status quo in Armenia’s policy under the guise of reforms with the same actors and the same approaches to all key issues, from the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to socio-economic development and foreign relations," said Sergei Oznobishchev, Director of the Institute for Strategic Assessments. "However, conservatism is appropriate when there is something to conserve. In Armenia’s case, soft authoritarian rule accompanied by the absence of real reforms, led to stagnation and rising poverty among the population, along with society getting tired of seeing no real changes."

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