Which parties and alliances are running, who their top candidates are, and what their party positions are

With less than 2 weeks until Armenia’s Parliamentary elections, here is where you can get informed as to which parties and alliances are running, who their top candidates are, and what their party positions are. We have 9 political parties running. Also, note that some parties provide their party positions and other relative information only in Armenian. 

Parties Who Are Running For The Parliament

1. Exit Alliance (Elq Dashinq) - “Election, change, victory.” 
Headed by Edmon Marukyan, followed by Aram Sargsyan, Nikol Pashinyan, Mane Tandilyan, Sasoun Miqayelyan, Artak Zeynalyan, Lena Nazaryan, Hayk Konchoryan, Arayik Harutyunyan, Khachatur Simonyan (in that order)

2. Free Democrats Party (Azat Democrats Kusakcutyun) - “We can.”
Headed by Khachatur Kokobelyan, followed by Hrant Bagratyan, Styopa Safaryan, Anahit Bakhshyan, Masis Ayvazyan, Armen Arakelyan, Sona Minasyan, Narek Ayvazyan, Gagik Baghdasaryan (in that order)

3. Armenian Renaissance Party (Haykakan Veracnund Kusakcutyun) - “Vote for change, vote for renaissance.”
Headed by Artur Baghdasaryan, followed by Mher Shahgeldyan, Heghine Bisharyan, Hovhannes Markaryan, Ishkan Khachatryan, Edgar Arakelyan, Marine Qocharyan, Artur Misakyan, Khanik Petrosyan, Armen Harutyunan (in that order)

4. Tsarukyan Alliance (Tsarukyan Dashinq) -“Time to change and build.” 
Headed by Gagik Tsarukyan, followed by Ishkan Zaqaryan, Naira Zohrabyan, Vartan Bostanjyan, Miqayel Melqonyan, Ararat Zurabyan, Tigran Urikhanyan, Iveta Tonoyan, Argam Abrahamyan, Vartevan Grigoryan (in that order)

5.Congress-PPA Party Alliance (Hay Azgayin Kongress Kusakcutyuneri Dashinq) - “A program of telling people the truth.”
Headed by Levon Ter-Petrosyan, Stepan Demirchyan, Levon Zurabyan, Zoya Tadevosyan, Aram Manukyan, Gagik Jhangiryan, Vahagn Khachaturyan, Lida Melikyan, Davit Matevosyan, Stepan Minasyan (in that order)

6.Republican Party of Armenia (Hayastani Hanrapetakan Kusakcutyun) -“Security and Progress.”
Headed by Vigen Sargsyan, followed by Taron Markaryan, Arpineh Hovhannisyan, Ara Babloyan, Armen Amiryan, Armen Ashotyan, Edvard Sharmazanov, Marqarit Yesayan, Samvel Farmanyan, Karen Avagyan (in that order)

7. Communist Party of Armenia (Hayastani Kommunistakan Kusakcutyun) - “Motherland, labor, socialism”
Headed by Tachat Sargsyan, followed by Vazgen Safaryan, Gagik Manukyan, Mariam Shahinyan, Hamlet Danielyan, Norayr Poghosyan, Yerchanik Ghazaryan, Asya Otaryan, Armen Manukyan, Khoren Sargsyan (in that order)

8.Ohanyan-Raffi-Oskanyan Party Alliance (Ohanyan-Raffi-Oskanyan Kusakcutyan Dashinq) -“Heritage, Unity, Victory.”
Headed by Seyran Ohanyan, followed by Armen Martirosyan, Vartan Oskanyan, Elinar Vartanyan, Vahagn Hovhannisyan, Andranik Tevanyan, Stepan Markaryan, Susanna Muradyan, Gegham Nazaryan, Garnik Sahakyan (in that order)

9.Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Hye Heghapokhakan Dashnakcutyun) - “A New Beginning, a Just Armenia.”
Headed by Armen Rustamyan, Aghvan Vartanyan, Davit Loqyan, Armenuhi Kyureghyan, Levon Mkrtchyan, Artsvik Minasyan, Armen Babayan, Ruzanna Araqelyan, Spartak Seyranyan, Miqayel Manukyan (in that order)

Important Things to Know from the Inter-Parliamentary Union:

I-Political parties contesting the election on their own must surpass a 5% threshold. Alliances must achieve a minimum of 7%

II- Seats are firstly distributed to parties at the national level according to the number of votes received for the national list. Then, half of the seats won by each party are distributed according to the national list and half according to district lists. Numbers of seats are rounded down for national lists and up for district lists. 

III- The seats for the national list are allocated to candidates in the order in which the candidates appear on that list. The seats for the district lists are allocated to candidates according to the number of preference votes they receive. Candidates who win a district seat will be struck off the national list. 

Possible 2nd round of voting: 
I- If a party or alliance wins a 'stable parliamentary majority' (54% of the total seats), a second round will not be held. 

II- If no party or alliance obtains a stable majority, coalition talks are held after the preliminary results have been announced. To form a coalition government, a stable parliamentary majority must be achieved. However, a coalition may only comprise a minimum of two parties or two alliances. 

III- If a stable parliamentary majority is not formed within 28 days of election day, a 2nd round of elections will be held between the two parties or alliances that won the highest number of votes in the first round. The two contenders may form new alliances with other parties that ran in the first round. 

 IV- More information on the voting method, voter requirements, candidate eligibility, and candidacy requirements.

Important Media Content to Get Informed:

TV interview with Central Electoral Commission (CEC) Chairman Tigran Mukuchyan
(English transcripts provided)

CEC website for additional information

Roundtable debate between Ohanyan-Raffi-Oskanyan Alliance [ORO/Heritage], Republican Party, Armenian Renaissance Party, and Armenian National Congress Party. (English transcripts provided)

Roundtable debate  between ARF, Republican Party, ORO Alliance, Free Democrats Party, and the Armenian National Congress Party, regarding their positions on the Artsakh (Nagorno-Kharabagh) conflict.
(English transcripts provided)

TV debate between Republican Party member Artak Zakaryan and a member of the opposition party, Levon Zurabyan of the Armenian National Congress Party.
( English transcripts provided)

TV debate also broadcasted on Armenian Public Radio between a candidate of the Exit Alliance, Artak Zeynalyan and a candidate of the Tsarukyan Alliance, Gevorg Petrosyan.
(English transcripts provided)

The debate hosted by Petros Ghazaryan with Exit Alliance, Free Democrats, and Armenian National Congress Party

More interviews hosted by Petros Ghazaryan highlighting specific candidates and politicians

Roundtable debate between the Armenian Renaissance Party, Exit Alliance, Free Democrats, and the Tsarukyan Alliance, discussing their positions on economic development.
(English transcripts provided)

Debate regarding party positions on economic development with representatives from the Free Democrats Party, Tsarukyan Alliance, and the Chairman of the Republican Union of Employers of Armenia.

Roundtable debate regarding the Republican Party, Tsarukyan Alliance, Free Democrats, Exit Alliance, and Armenian Renaissance Party positions on involvement of Armenia in the Eurasian Economic Union vs. the European Union.
(English transcripts provided).

Special For Repat Armenia
Terez Sarkisyan
DEPOP Institute For Governance

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