By Edmond Y. Azadian
The current year has proved to be an eventful one for Armenia. At first, life was continuing along its normal course, the economy remained stagnant, the flow of emigration did not slacken and the government remained in full control of the situation, while at the same time fobbing off responsibility for the sorry state of things. The ruling class was reassured that the political opposition was crushed and fragmented; therefore no challenge would crop up.
But then, two events jolted the government and the people: the April war with Azerbaijan which resulted in some strategic losses, and the armed revolt of Sasna Tserer, which was a sign of desperation, if nothing else.
The president admitted that some things had to be changed, and that the business-as-usual assumption was no longer tolerable.
One sign of change was the sacking of Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan and his replacement with Karen Karapetyan. A few other ministers were also similarly replaced.
These changes brought about a temporary lull in political activities. But some foreign agitators, as well as genuine proponents of change, continued their activities and protests to create tension in the capital.