Political analyst weighs in on election results – “RPA’s victory was expected, reforms & PM’s image changed atmosphere”
YEREVAN, APRIL 4, ARMENPRESS. The latest reforms in Armenia’s various administration fields and the factor of PM Karapetyan contributed to the Republican Party’s victory in the parliamentary election.
Analysing the election processes, political scientist Garik Keryan told ARMENPRESS overall the results were expected.
“All analysts and analytical centers mostly forecasted this kind of results. Indeed, there is logic in the fact that the ruling Republican party won. In the latest period, the appointment of the new prime minister, reforms, lessening of tax burden, new business methods, and implementation of new customs and tax policies contributed to it. We saw that these weren’t simply promises, these were real events. All this significantly increased the rating of the ruling party”, Keryan said.
Keryan highlighted Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan’s factor. His image and new approaches in work gave results.
“His interactions with the society for over half a year implanted the belief among the voters that the ruling political force will make fundamental reforms for improving the social-economic situation”, he said.
For Keryan, the fact that the Tsarukyan bloc made it to the second place was also expected, because the image of the political force is entirely based on Gagik Tsarukyan’s charisma as a philanthropist and businessman.
“The charity he had done in the previous 10-15 years gained very serious political capital for him. Naturally expectations from this political force were high. Many thought that Tsarukyan, being in the parliament, will be able to work in this manner. This belief took many to the polling stations to vote for the Tsarukyan bloc”, he said.
Speaking on the Yelk alliance, the political scientist said the active political and campaigning work of this political force in the recent months was very effective.
“But the people voted not for the Yelk bloc’s program, but rather for the personal charisma of its members. Being in the political field for many years, Nikol Pashinyan has a serious political image, Edmon Marukyan has very principles and effective political activities in the parliament, he found large support within the public, it was especially seen during the local self-governing election in Vanadzor. Aram Sargsyan is one of the old timers of the political field, a person not yet discredited in politics. The harmonious activities of these 3 leaders, their political image, ensured the party to pass the 7% threshold”, he said.