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Armenia’s Opposition: In Search of a Revolution

Opposition predictions of an upcoming "popular revolution" continue to be heard in Armenia, but most local observers say that major opposition parties are not well positioned to realize their revolutionary aspirations.

Following Ukraine's December 2004 Orange Revolution, media outlets, both in the West (The Times of London) and the former Soviet Union (Russia's Nezavisimaya Gazeta) reported that Armenia could be the next setting for a so-called "color revolution." Some Armenian media outlets went so far as to suggest names for that would-be revolution, including "The Apricot Revolution" and "The Peach Revolution."

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Haroutiun Khachatrian is a Yerevan-based writer specializing in economic and political affairs.

Armenia’s Opposition: In Search of a Revolution

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