Expert: Main trends in post-election Armenia remain unchanged
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 19 / Trend E.Tariverdiyeva /
Main political trends in post-election Armenia will remain unchanged, executive director of the Centre for Political Science 'North-South', director of the Centre for the Study of Socio-Political Processes in the Post-Soviet Space of the Moscow State University and member of Trend Expert Council Alexei Vlasov said.
"I don't expect any changes either in domestic or foreign policy in the post-election period. It's safe to say that the main trends will remain unchanged," Vlasov told Trend on Tuesday.
According to the results of the elections conducted in Armenia on Monday, the incumbent head of state Serzh Sargsyan was re-elected president with 58.64 per cent of the votes. He was followed by first Foreign Minister Raffi Hovannisian with 36.75 per cent of votes and ex- Prime Minister Hrant Bagratyan with 2.15 per cent of votes.
In Vlasov's opinion, the main intrigue is about how important the promotion of Yerevan towards European integration will become and how clearly the desire for multivector policy is defined.
"Here as the saying goes, the options are possible. In my opinion, in terms of security, Armenia has no option other than to further develop military-technical cooperation with Moscow," Vlasov said.
However, in terms of the priorities of socio-economic cooperation, the desire to strengthen ties with Brussels gets more clearly specified, he said.
According to him, it does not mean a complete shift of priorities, but the percentage of votes cast for Raffi Hovannisian shows that the number of 'Euro-optimists' in Armenia grows.
"However it is not very clear how this optimism may now positively affect a fairly difficult economic situation in the country", said Vlasov.