Armenian recipe of democracy: parliament votes for only presidential candidate
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 2
By Fikret Dolukhanov – Trend:
Armenian Parliament elected Armen Sarkissian as the country's president with 90 votes for and 10 votes against, the Armenian media reported on March 2.
It is the first time that the MPs, not the people, elect the president, because the country has switched to the parliamentary government.
Reports said 101 MPs out of total 105 participated in the voting.
Thus, Armenia once again showcased the “triumph of democracy”: the parliament elected the sole candidate, who was, moreover, nominated by the former president, Serzh Sargsyan, with the overwhelming majority.
Participation of only one candidate in the presidential run is really a "remarkable" event and shows the total usurpation of power by current regime.
Sargsyan himself has been a leader of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia since 2007 and now intends to become a prime minister of the country. Considering the transition to parliamentary government, that means a de-facto reshuffle aimed at saving all reins of power.
Earlier, Armenian media intensively discussed the authorities’ decision to hold government meetings behind the closed doors, what obviously enables Sargsyan to fully establish unlimited personal rule over Armenia.