Views & Interviews

Armen Rustamyan: Palestine’s precedent gives the Mountainous Karabakh representatives the right to be represented in Council of Europe

Interview with Armen Rustamyan, a member of the Armenian Delegation to PACE, Head of the Armenian Parliament Foreign Relations Commission, parliamentarian from ARF-Dashnaktsutyun by Oksana Musaelyan ArmInfo The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has voted to grant “Partner for democracy” status to the Palestinian National Council (PNC). The Armenian Delegation takes a…

ARF-D Bureau Chairman Worried About Snap Polls

President Serzh Sargsyan could call fresh parliamentary elections soon in an effort to maximize his and his allies’ chances of holding on to power, a leader of the opposition Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Dashnaktsutyun said on Wednesday. Hrant Margaryan, chairman of the party’s governing Bureau, also acknowledged that the rival Armenian National Congress (HAK) of former President…

Socialism and the struggle for justice in Armenia

In September 1996, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation rejoined the Socialist International, which it had originally joined in 1907. In 2003, the ARF became a full member of the Socialist International, thus becoming the only party in the CIS with such a status. During the XXIII Congress of the Socialist International in June 2008 in Athens,…

Neoliberalism to the extreme: Armenia’s Parliament adopts regressive pension and tax policies

By ARA KHANJIAN On June 24, 2010, the Republic of Armenia’s National Assembly decided to privatize its social security system by adopting an extreme version of a private pension model. Along with the pension system, the National Assembly also radically changed its income tax regime. The mandatory private pension system is set to take effect…

Lilit Galstyan: “An authoritarian regime cannot be democratic”

In an interview with the daily Aravot, ARF-D parliamentarian Lilit Galstyan said, “Sadly, the political elite, who today occupy themselves with ruling, by virtue of their philosophy and value system are not capable of realizing reforms and modernizing our country. We live in an archaic and criminalized system. Every second dozens of laws are violated…

Democracy in Armenia

The concept of democracy, similar to socialism, justice, freedom, nationism1, culture and many other concepts, in essence, is a universal idea and is characterized by a universal or global definition. However, in terms of its form, realization and application—and similar to the other noted concepts—has a national framework and a dependence on local conditions. According…

“The government has failed to realize the president’s campaign promises”

ARF-D parliamentary faction member and deputy chair of the parliamentary Standing Committee on Financial-Credit and Budgetary Affairs Ardzvik Minasyan said this during an interview with the newspaper Hayastani Zrucakic. Hayastani Zrucakic: There is talk once again that the price of natural gas will rise. Could this happen and where will this lead? Ardzvik Minasyan: It…