It is a time of hesitation and meditation. All “color” revolutions in the past decade have brought confusion and turmoil in their wake. Can Armenia’s velvet revolution prove to be any different and better because it was executed bloodlessly?
This is the major question at this juncture as we ponder Armenia’s future.
Color revolutions bypassed Armenia in the past several years as a breeze, but this one hit as a tsunami and overthrew the administration that was running the country for the past decades.
Understandably, there is euphoria in the country because the youth rose against the regime to bring about change. And in this euphoria, any opinion other than praising the youth and its achievement is tantamount to blasphemy. But since Armenia’s future is in the balance, all factors have to be counted and all potential consequences be considered.
Comparatively, it is always easy to bring down a system or structure than build a replacement.
Almost two weeks ago, Nikol Pashinyan, the head of the parliamentary group Yelk, hit the road to tour the country with a single mind and single motto: “Reject Serjik.” As the latter was in the process of anointing himself as the prime minister, under the new constitution establishing parliamentary rule. He was also about to reappoint almost all the old faces to the ministerial posts, giving a signal that nothing was to change for the foreseeable future in the running of the country. That signal was enough to fuel Pashinyan’s mission and rally the youth around him.