By Philippe Raffi Kalfayan
Special to the Mirror-Spectator
On the eve of 2020, Armenia is facing political chaos: the executive power is eliminating all institutional components of an effective system of checks and balances; the fight against corruption is selective and retroactive while new corruption schemes and actors are not all yet apparent. One political group, once supportive of current prime minister, is declaring it will start a radical opposition next year. The diplomatic situation over Nagorno-Karabakh is deadlocked while regional powers are restructuring their alliances in a direction which may force Armenia to make substantial concessions over Artsakh’s independence and controlled territories. The diaspora is totally left out of the management of Armenia’s affairs and just invited to make more donations, while the fundraising in the diaspora is obviously decreasing.
It must be noted meanwhile that the economy is experiencing a dynamic shift in sectors like agro-food, tourism, mining and IT, thanks to the strategy and measures decided and implemented by former Serzh Sargsyan’s team. Indeed, the visible outcome today is the result of past initiatives and cannot be rooted in the measures adopted in the last 18 months, since such achievements rely upon longer cycles.
Therefore, one must wonder why there is such obstinacy by the current leadership to consecrate a one-party rule over all institutions, without safeguards to check their activities; we have witnessed already some forced resignations of young “post-revolution” officials because of their temptation to make advantage of their functions to generate quick and illegitimate revenues.
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