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Armenia: Sizing Up the EU Implications of the Parliamentary Vote

Supporters of the United Communist Party of Armenia walk toward Shahumyan's Monument in Yerevan. (Photo: Anahit Hayrapetan)

When Armenians go to the polls on May 6 they may be doing more than electing a new parliament. The vote may also influence future ties with the European Union, perhaps Armenia’s most important economic partner.

On April 18, the European Parliament adopted a resolution that stressed that the Armenian parliamentary vote’s “proper conduct, in accordance with international and European standards, will be of the utmost importance for the development of EU-Armenia relations.” Later in April, the head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Trajan Hristea, reiterated that the elections “are to become the basis for the development of our cooperation.” In connection with those statements, European institutions pledged heightened scrutiny of the vote, the first national poll since the 2008 bloodshed following a controversial presidential election.

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Gayane Abrahamyan is a reporter for ArmeniaNow.com in Yerevan.

Armenia: Sizing Up the EU Implications of the Parliamentary Vote

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