Analysis of the Domestic Political Situation in Armenia

This article discusses the causes and dynamics of events occurring in Armenia from April to October 2018. The events described did not simply change the power regime, but practically reformatted the entire political field of Armenia, which in turn could not but affect the entire region. On the one hand, the new authority that came to power through the revolutionary wave cannot neglect addressing the political reality in which Armenia at present exists; on the other hand, it cannot try to impose the social order of the “street” from where the people brought Pashinyan and his team to the power. The six months of Pashinyan’s command of power have laid the practical foundation for the further rule of this political force. Now, the process of forming a new Armenian political elite is of great interest, since it is that elite, which will include both absolutely new people and representatives of the former elite, that will determine the policy of Armenia in the foreseeable future. This article will respond to the questions of “how Pashinyan came to power,” “why the ruling Republican party could not resist street protests,” “what the first steps of the new government were,” and “how Pashinyan managed to lead the situation in Armenia towards early elections.”

Authors: Gela Vasadze