Georgian Elections’ Five Lessons For Armenia – Expert

October 04, 2012 | 12:25

YEREVAN. – The parliamentary elections held in Georgia have great
importance for Armenia, Regional Studies Center Director, political
analyst Richard Giragosian noted during a press conference on Thursday,
and he pointed to the elections’ five meanings for Armenia.

First, Georgia’s ruling political party suffered a marked defeat and
this, as per Giragosian, shows that the incumbent authorities should
not be overconfident and arrogant.

Second, the civic demands for a change should not be disregarded.

Third, everything that is taking place in Georgia today will be
historic. “This is the first time in the region when the authorities
have suffered a defeat and the power is being handed over peacefully,”
Giragosian said.

Fourth, and in the analyst’s view, Georgia is similar to Armenia, as
there is a healthy competition in both countries. “This represents a
healthy and a constructive environment, when the opposition challenges
the authorities. The political competition in Armenia is within the
system itself,” he noted.

And fifth, the changes in Georgia’s foreign policy will be significant
for Armenia. “[These] Changes will be geared towards improving
relations with Russia, [and] this is good for Armenia. Armenia needs to
pay a greater attention on the changes taking place in the neighboring
countries,” Richard Giragosian concluded.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

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“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS