Armenian government accused of fraud

By: Laman Sadigova

Results of the referendum that was held in Armenia on December 6 to an effort to introduce the constitutional amendments, were in line with the authorities’ plans, as many observers expected.

The new constitutional changes will leave Serzh Sargsyan’s “clan” in state power, securing its “legitimacy” in plundering the country’s citizens.

So, Sargsyan can celebrate his victory in transforming the country from a presidential to a parliamentary republic, but whether he will gain public sympathy for his power remains a question.

Ideally, the parliamentary system is popular in many democratic countries and has dozens of positive elements. However, considering Armenian realities, it is difficult to seriously speak about success. Indeed, any system can be misinterpreted if it is used for private interests. A shining example is Armenia, with a society being suffocated in corruption, suffering human rights violation and pursuing aggression policy towards the neighboring countries.

The Armenian opposition is convinced that the amendments have the only goal of reproducing the regime. The protesters also claim of massive rigging of the results of the referendum and threatened with civil disobedience to oust the president and his supporters.

So, for now, the referendum in Armenia is recognized valid. The CEC says that more than 60 percent of the total number of voters approved the amendments.

The opponents of the current government in Armenia say that the authorities use “every known method to falsify the results of voting”, in particular – the use of administrative resources, the involvement of criminals in the voting process, inflated voter lists, pressure on election commission members and proxies.

The Heritage party’s representatives assure that the desperate Armenian society has the only way to overcome the injustice – to change the power through the civil protests.

The Armenian National Congress claimed that the members of the party will boycott the session of the Armenian National Assembly.

The front, created on the eve of the referendum, called New Armenia to announce the results invalid.

“Falsification of elections is a manifestation of lawlessness, which can only be organized by a criminal group.”

Obviously, the further deployment of the protest movement is a fraught with serious destabilization of the situation in Armenia, which threatens the very existence of the current regime. Aware of this danger, Sargsyan turned back to his beaten path that helps him to hold the power, justifying the amendments with the Karabakh conflict, on the crest of which he and his criminal allies captures the power.

Sargsyan tried to relate the changes with the country’s security, indicating a “threat” in the constitution.

But no matter how well the Armenian president excels in intrigues, all these “reforms” are doomed to futility. The country that is suffering the economic and demographic crisis due to capturing neighboring Azerbaijan’s internationally recognized legal territory has no perspectives in the future.

The criminal government, who has an only target to hold a power, is driving the country into an even deeper crisis.

The constitutional amendments and the reaction that it caused in the society, once more showed lack of confidence in the government in the Armenian society and keen desire to change the state power.