The ongoing election campaign in Artsakh is developing as expected by the majority of the Alliance members.
The team of Samvel Babayan seeks to implement constitutional changes that would allow him to take part in the elections. The petition started by Babayan showed that he does have certain support in the Artsakh society and can influence political processes regardless of whether he can make the necessary constitutional changes.
The team of Arayik Harutyunyan — the main candidate of the government — gradually comes to realize that they lack due support in the Artsakh society. Even an active election campaign and the financial and other resources used for it cannot change the prevailing opinion that Arayik Harutyunyan, who is one of Artsakh’s richest persons and was its Prime Minister during 2007-2017, is personally responsible for the deep political and economic crisis in Artsakh, as well as the results of the war of 2016.
In July 2019, the Artsakh society will witness a clash between two political forces both of which, in one way or another, represent the past of Artsakh and a path it has already crossed. Moreover, the dominant opinion is that the society needs — and is currently searching for — a candidate who would be looking into the future.
The Alliance believes that the positions of Arayik Harutyunyan are doomed, and hopes that an awareness of this will come to his team. Given the current conditions in the Republic of Artsakh, Republic of Armenia and the region, an oligarch and a representative of the previous, now fading government cannot be the President of Artsakh. The Alliance hopes that the Azat Hayrenik party realizes that it only has a chance for an alternative political future and a possibility to win seats in the parliament if it distances itself from the policy of its leader, thereby avoiding the fate of the Republican party of the Republic of Armenia.
The Alliance believes that Mr. Babayan’s intension to amend the Constitution is fair and should take place within the framework of the Artsakh legislation. Getting Samvel Babayan the right to be elected would allow both the candidate and the society to realize the real weight of this politician and assess the path traveled by Artsakh society in the post-Soviet period. In the current situation, the actions of the authorities should be merely political in nature and be aimed at eliminating the use of force in order to avoid unnecessary destabilization of society.
The Alliance hereby still insists on the need for a third candidate who can offer an alternative view on the future of Artsakh. The future President of Artsakh should be a public, state and political figure who would not split, but consolidates the society and lead it to the future Miatsum. The future president of Artsakh should be a president of public consensus and consent. Only such a president and a consolidated Artsakh society will be able to cope with the coming challenges and threats facing the Armenian statehood and nation. The Alliance is still ready to become the platform and the pole around which such consolidation can take place.