vendredi 18 décembre 2015

Mauvaise nouvelle pour Erevan : les ministres de la Défense turc, géorgien et azerbaïdjanais conviennent de renforcer la coopération trilatérale

Turkish, Azerbaijani, Georgian defense ministers meet in Istanbul

ISTANBUL – Anadolu Agency

The defense ministers of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey came together in Istanbul on Dec. 17 as part of a previously established cooperation agreement between the three countries.

Speaking after meeting with Georgian Defense Minister Tinatin Khidasheli and Azerbaijani Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov in Istanbul, Turkish Defense Minister İsmet Yılmaz said deepening the cooperation between the three countries would contribute not only to relations between the three states but also to the development of regional peace, stability and prosperity.

“During our meeting, we emphasized the need for improving trilateral and regional cooperation on topics that will benefit all three countries. We mainly focused on defense, security and our countries’ armed forces,” said Yılmaz on Dec. 17.

The three ministers had come together for the third meeting of the “Trio Defense Ministers meeting.”

Yılmaz said the cooperation and dialogue established between the three states could be an “example to others,” at a time when global and regional dialogue is sought more than ever.

Yılmaz said the three defense ministers had underlined the importance of the signing of a memorandum of understanding on cooperation over defense issues.

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Voir également : Projet chinois de "nouvelle route de la soie" : l'Arménie est encore sur la touche, selon l'économiste Vilen Khachatrian 

Pas de chance : la Russie ne veut pas que le régime bananier arménien serve de "pont" entre l'Occident et l'Iran
Isolement du régime bananier arménien par rapport aux projets énergétiques dans la région
Mauvaise nouvelle pour la clique dirigeante d'Erevan : inauguration du gazoduc transanatolien (TANAP)

Le ministre de la Défense géorgien Irakli Alasania déclare être favorable à une intensification de la coopération militaire entre la Géorgie, l'Azerbaïdjan et la Turquie
Un camouflet pour les kleptocrates d'Erevan : un sommet trilatéral Turquie-Géorgie-Azerbaïdjan

Echec du "tournant pro-européen" (dixit Ara Toranian) du régime bananier arménien
L'isolement de l'Arménie se poursuit : la Géorgie fait obstruction au ravitaillement de la base militaire russe de Gyumri

Isolement régional du régime bananier arménien : Wikileaks révèle la nature exécrable des relations arméno-géorgiennes

jeudi 17 décembre 2015

Irak : une attaque de l'EI contre l'armée turque a été revendiquée par... une milice islamiste chiite (laquelle avait reçu par le passé des armes en provenance de l'Arménie)

"IS, Shia militia claim attack on Turkish troops in Iraqi camp

Two Iraqi volunteers killed, four Turkish soldiers wounded in attack on anti-IS camp in Bashiqa

MEE and agencies
Thursday 17 December 2015 08:40 UTC
Last update:
Thursday 17 December 2015 9:57 UTC

Four Turkish soldiers were wounded on Wednesday when militants fired mortars on a training camp near the Iraqi city of Mosul, Turkish officials said, in an attack that was claimed by both Islamic State militants and Shia militiamen.

Two Iraqi volunteers, one of them an officer, were killed in the attack on the Bashiqa camp, where Iraqi anti-IS fighters are being trained with Turkish help.

"We offer condolences to our Iraqi martyr brothers' families and the Iraqi people, and wish the injured a speedy recovery," the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement.

IS - which counts Mosul as its main Iraqi hub - claimed responsibility for the assault in a statement posted online, although it said it used rockets rather than mortars.

"Soldiers of the caliphate were able to launch 200 Grad rockets," the statement said in reference to the Islamic "caliphate" the militant group has declared in parts of Iraq and Syria.

Powerful Shia militia Ketaeb Hezbollah also claimed responsibility for the attack via its TV channel Etejah, but did not specify how it managed to shell a base located over 100 kilometres north of the northernmost positions held by federal Kurdish forces and allied militiamen.

The Turkish military said it responded to the attack on the camp with fire of its own, adding that the four wounded Turkish troops had been taken for treatment in Sirnak province, on Turkey's side of the border."

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L'EI est de toute évidence le véritable auteur de cette action terroriste. L'attitude du Hezbollah irakien est à mettre sur le compte de sa fatuité verbale et de sa turcophobie. En septembre dernier, une milice chiite (nommée "Escadrons de la mort") avait enlevé 18 travailleurs turcs à Bagdad.

Fin 2010, WikiLeaks révélait que l'Arménie avait livré des armes à l'Iran, armes qui ont été ensuite utilisées par des miliciens chiites... pour tuer et blesser des soldats américains en Irak :

D'après Wikileaks, l'Arménie a livré des armes à l'Iran

Le Hezbollah irakien (ou Kataib Hezbollah) dont il est question figurait parmi ces milices ayant reçu des armes de l'Arménie via l'Iran :

"-- An RPG-22 attack on a US armored vehicle in Iraq on January 31, 2008 killed one US soldier and wounded three. Factory markings on the recovered RPG-22 rocket debris indicate it was originally part of the shipment to Armenia by the Bulgarian firm VMZ. 

-- US military personnel discovered an arms cache in Baghdad on February 15, 2008 that belonged to Hizballah Brigades -- an Iranian-backed Iraqi militant group. Among the weapons recovered, most of which were Iranian in origin, were six Bulgarian RPG-22 anti-tank weapons. The production lot and serial numbers on all six indicated they were produced by the Bulgarian firm VMZ and part of the sale to Armenia in January 2003. 

-- Two RPG-22 launch tubes were recovered following an attack that wounded three US military personnel in Baghdad in mid- March 2008. The lot and serial numbers on the recovered tubes matched those originally sold to Armenia in January. Handwritten on both launchers was the Arabic message "Rejoice - Islamic Resistance of Iraq - Hizballah Brigades" -- the name of the same Iranian-backed Iraqi militant group."

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Concernant la vision du monde de ces milices chiites pro-iraniennes qui sévissent en Irak et en Syrie : une vidéo récente montre le dirigeant du Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba (distinct du Kataib Hezbollah, bien que proche idéologiquement) appeler à la mise à mort des "mercenaires sunnites des Juifs et des Américains" en Syrie.

Voir également : Attentats de Paris : des relais du lobby arménien dérapent

Le député PS Jean-Marc Germain (vice-président du groupe d'amitié France-Arménie) a rencontré un des leaders du Hezbollah au Liban

Les Arméniens et la République islamique d'Iran 

L'Arménie et la carte de l'islamisme iranien

La jalousie maladive des militants arméniens à l'égard des Juifs

Le régime des Assad déstabilisé en Syrie : un rappel des compromissions de la FRA-Dachnak, de l'ASALA et du régime arménien

Le monstrueux attentat d'Orly : le terrorisme arméno-syrien contre la France
Monte Melkonian et l'attentat de la rue Copernic
L'"antisionisme" de la mouvance ASALA
24 avril 1989 : une commémoration sous le portrait de Khomeini
L'Université d'Arménie accorde un doctorat honorifique au chef du Amal, mouvement islamiste libanais
Le discours anti-israélien du dirigeant libanais Nabih Berri (chef du mouvement islamiste chiite Amal) applaudi par les députés du Parlement arménien

Liban : les islamistes chiites du Amal-Hezbollah et la commémoration du "génocide arménien"

Syrie : Nerses Kilajyan et le Hezbollah
Le tyranneau Serge Sarkissian félicite Bachar el-Assad pour sa "réélection"
Qui ment sur les Arméniens de Kessab ?

mercredi 16 décembre 2015

Projet chinois de "nouvelle route de la soie" : l'Arménie est encore sur la touche, selon l'économiste Vilen Khachatrian

"Armenia to remain on sidelines if it doesn’t join China's New Silk Road railway project

YEREVAN, December 15. /ARKA/. Armenia will be left on the sidelines if it doesn't join China's New Silk Road railway project, Vilen Khachatryan, an economist, told ARKA News Agency. 

On December 13, the first train arrived in Tbilisi. The train formally opened the Silk Railroad. It has crossed China, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and will go to Turkey through Georgia and then to European countries.

Cargoes sent from the most easterly point of China will come to Istanbul maximum in 14 or 15 days, while a ship need 40-45 days to do the same.

”The key problem is that first of all this road is build round about to Armenia, and Armenia is again on the sidelines, not in the center of transportation links’ crossroad,” Khachatryan said.

Another version of Silk Road is a railway connecting China, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Iran. In his words, if Armenia fails to join these roads, they will be bypass roads for it. 
On August 7, 2014, the Armenian government upheld a preliminary program for construction of Iran-Armenia Railway. This railway will allow the country to join the Silk Road theoretically.

The economist thinks Armenia may take some advantage of this railroad – it will get an opportunity to purchase directly Chinese and other countries’ goods in Georgia.

This means the road will open opportunities for imports, not exports, since Armenia exports mostly natural resources, particularly precious metals, ores and agricultural products. (...)

The New Silk Road is an unprecedented infrastructural project initiated by China, which will make shipment of Chinese goods to Europe through the Central Asia and Caucasus significantly cheaper. 
Beijing has established a $40-billion fund for the Silk Road and the $100-billion Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank that started functioning on June 29, 2015 --0----

10:55 15.12.2015"

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La Géorgie accueille le premier train de marchandises de la Route de la Soie en provenance de Chine

Publié le 2015-12-14 à 03:36 |

TBILISSI, 13 décembre (Xinhua) -- Le premier train de marchandises en provenance du port chinois de Lianyungang, dans l'est du pays, et en route vers Istanbul, en Turquie, est arrivé dimanche dans la capitale géorgienne, Tbilissi.

"C'est vraiment un jour historique", a déclaré le Premier ministre de Géorgie Irakli Garibachvili lors d'une cérémonie à Tbilissi, ajoutant que la coopération des pays le long de la Route de la Soie rendra possible la livraison de marchandises de la Chine vers l'Europe de manière plus rapide et moins chère.

"Le projet de Route de la Soie fera de la Géorgie un carrefour reliant l'Europe et l'Asie, ce qui permettra de rendre notre pays plus attractif aux investissements", a insisté le Premier ministre lors de la cérémonie.

M. Garibachvili, qui s'est rendu en Chine en septembre, a indiqué que Tbilissi avait significativement intensifié sa coopération avec Beijing au cours des deux dernières années et a souligné l'importance de renforcer le coopération économique entre les deux pays.

Selon le ministère de l'Economie de Géorgie, le train de 21 containers avec de l'électronique grand public est parti du port chinois de Lianyungang le 29 novembre à destination du Kazakhstan, où la cargaison a été transférée via ferry jusqu'en Azerbaïdjan, avant d'être à nouveau transporté par rail jusqu'en Géorgie. La cargaison sera finalement transportée par mer jusqu'à Istanbul depuis la Géorgie.

Le voyage total prendra seulement 15 jours, soit 25 jours de moins que la route maritime régulière, selon le ministère de l'Economie de Géorgie.
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Voir également : Pas de chance : la Russie ne veut pas que le régime bananier arménien serve de "pont" entre l'Occident et l'Iran

Isolement du régime bananier arménien par rapport aux projets énergétiques dans la région

Mauvaise nouvelle pour la clique dirigeante d'Erevan : inauguration du gazoduc transanatolien (TANAP)

Le ministre de la Défense géorgien Irakli Alasania déclare être favorable à une intensification de la coopération militaire entre la Géorgie, l'Azerbaïdjan et la Turquie
Un camouflet pour les kleptocrates d'Erevan : un sommet trilatéral Turquie-Géorgie-Azerbaïdjan

Echec du "tournant pro-européen" (dixit Ara Toranian) du régime bananier arménien

L'isolement de l'Arménie se poursuit : la Géorgie fait obstruction au ravitaillement de la base militaire russe de Gyumri

Isolement régional du régime bananier arménien : Wikileaks révèle la nature exécrable des relations arméno-géorgiennes

dimanche 13 décembre 2015

Anna Nikoghosyan : "Les femmes en Arménie sont habituellement soumises à la violence et aux abus"

Standing up for Armenia's invisible women
Anna Nikoghosyan 10 December 2015

Over the past five years, 30 women have been killed in Armenia as a result of domestic violence. How many more will it take for the government to act?

‘It’s been three years, but the wounds and bruises still haven’t stopped. When I hear his voice, my body quivers from fear that this time he will kill me.’ These harrowing words were displayed on a banner in Yerevan's Republic Square as part of a recent demonstration supporting the adoption of a domestic violence law in Armenia. Alongside the banners lay shoes—a grim reminder of the women killed in domestic violence.

Women in Armenia are habitually subjected to violence and abuse, most of which goes unrecognised. Here, domestic violence is ignored both by state and society—it is considered a personal issue, not a political one—and because of this, according to human rights activists, no major steps are being taken to prevent acts of domestic violence or protect survivors of abuse.

Each year, women’s rights organisations record more than 2,000 incidents of domestic violence. According to official police data, the number of domestic violence cases registered in the first half of 2015 reached 447. These numbers are likely far lower than the reality: most women do not turn to the police to report violence experienced in the home.
Escaping justice

‘Even if I kill you, I will not be punished, you know how many connections I have. If you divorce me, you will never see the children again. You have no rights, you can't do anything to get away from me,’ this is how Hasmik Khachatryan, a young survivor of domestic violence, recalls how her husband used to talk to her.

Hasmik was spoken to this way every time she was beaten up and tortured by her husband. The mother of two suffered from this abuse for nine years until two years ago, in 2013, she found the strength to escape from her husband and to fight for her rights.

‘He would humiliate me and beat for any minor reason. At first, he would beat me using his hands, then he started using his feet as well. Later, he would beat me with anything he could get his hands on. If I said I wanted to leave him, he would become furious and even more violent; he would hit my legs so that I couldn’t move. He always used to say: “If I kill you, I will hang you and say you went insane and committed suicide.”’

The day she fled her abuser, Hasmik hid in the village river for a whole night. She was scared that her husband would find her and make good on his promise to kill her.

The Court of First Instance in Gegharkunik province sentenced Hasmik’s husband to one and a half years inprisonment, but he received amnesty and was released. This man, who was proven to have tortured his wife for nine years, didn't spend a single day in prison.

Hasmik’s case belies the broader situation. ‘Domestic violence is not punished in Armenia, it is not considered a serious crime. The rejection to adopt a law on domestic violence in 2013 shows that there is no political will and no understanding that domestic violence is not only a crime against women, but a crime against society as a whole,’ says Lara Aharonyan, the co-founder and director of Women’s Resource Center Armenia.

According to Aharonyan, in the past few years there have been numerous cases where the perpetrators of domestic violence were either left unpunished or given minor punishments. One of the few instances where justice prevailed was the murder case of 20-year-old Zaruhi Petrosyan, who was killed by her husband in 2010.

But as Aharonyan suggests, ‘This unfortunately goes to show that a woman can only access justice in Armenia once she has been murdered.’

Indeed, according to an Amnesty International report from 2008, every third woman in Armenia is subjected to at least one form of domestic violence. Over the past five years, 30 women have been killed in Armenia as a result of domestic violence. This included eight women in 2015 alone, resulting in 45 children being left without their mothers.
Fighting back

Activists aren't taking this situation lying down. For instance, in order to break the silence surrounding domestic violence and to coax the state into action, members of the Armenian Coalition to Stop Violence Against Women staged a 12-hour-long protest on 1 October of this year at Yerevan's Republic Square.

‘Three years ago, we declared 1 October National Day against Domestic Violence. This was the day that Zaruhi [Petrosyan] was brutally murdered by her husband,’ Nvard Margaryan, a member of President of PINK Armenia says, referring to the murder of the 20-year old in 2010.

Margaryan highlights that the death of Zaruhi, though unbelievably sad, was important: it caught the attention of both national and international media, securing focus on the issue of domestic violence in Armenia.

As a result, people started to talk about this phenomenon and many survivors of violence began to raise their voices and speak up.

Empowering women in this way seems to lead to tangible results. Members of the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Women, especially the Women’s Support Center, made Hasmik Khachatryan believe in herself again. Activists attended every court hearing in Hasmik’s trial in Gavar city as support, often protesting in front of the court building. Hasmik’s struggle and bravery were widely applauded and in June of this year she was the recipient of the ‘Woman of Courage’ award.

As Hasmik accepted the award, she spoke with confidence: ‘I want to say to all women that you can protect your rights and interests and never give up, because a light is always found and it gives us strength to live a decent life. I know it from my own experience.’
Domestic violence law

One of the primary demands of activists in Armenia is a domestic violence law to protect women in abusive relationships. But a draft version of this law was rejected by the Armenian government in early 2013.

The reason given for this rejection was the financial incapacity of the state to implement the law and open shelters for women. Women’s rights activists argue that the cost of domestic violence actually far exceeds the cost of its prevention mechanisms. And if you start to look a little closer at some of the government's more controversial expenditures, the argument that there is not enough money to protect women from domestic violence soon begins to break down.

For example, in 2015 the government of Armenia decided to refurbish three of its conference halls: 241 million Armenian drams (around $510,000) were spent on gilding and acquisition of new furniture for the halls. Another 43 million drams ($91,000) were spent on the ‘urgent’ renovation activities (mostly gilding). Finally, seven million drams ($14,800) were spent on new carpets. In total, almost 300 million drams (approx. $635,000) were spent on refurbishing three government conference halls.

Had the government decided to renovate only two of these conference halls, they would have had enough money remaining to sustain the operations of a small and modest shelter for survivors of domestic violence for at least one year.

But alas, protecting women against violence is not a government priority in the way that refurbishing conference halls is.

So if it’s not money that’s stopping the Armenian government from adopting the law, what is?

To answer this, it would perhaps be prudent to look at the make-up of our parliament, the National Assembly, and what these people think about domestic violence.

Out of 131 MPs in Armenia’s parliament, 13 are female. And of these 13 female MPs, none actively promote the fight against domestic violence.

As for the other MPs, most believe that there is no need for a law on domestic violence. According to Artashes Geghamyan, a member of the Republican Party faction, ‘there are bigger problems to be addressed.’ Other MPs, like Mher Sedrakyan, believe that if a woman is ‘immoral’ her husband should both beat and divorce her. Others, like Eduard Sharmazanov, vice-speaker of the National Assembly, maintain that there is no such thing as domestic violence in Armenia because ‘Armenians love their mothers.’

Last year Vardan Ayvazyan, a member of the Republican Party remarked to female MP Zaruhi Postanjyan during one of the hearings at the National Assembly, that a ‘woman should not interfere in a conversation between men.’ A few short months prior to this, former MP Ruben Hayrapetyan claimed that ‘Armenian men and women should not be equal [because] it is not normal’ and that ‘an Armenian man would never allow his daughter to play football.’ And earlier this year, Armenia’s Minister of Agriculture publicly compared women with potatoes; just like a trader must sell his potatoes to the very first buyer, so too a father must marry his daughter off to the first man who proposes.

With MPs like this, is it little wonder that Armenia has so far failed to adopt a domestic violence law. How many women must be killed for Armenia’s politicians to acknowledge the very existence of domestic violence?

The answer to this question is not yet clear. But it is an unquestionable truth that if Armenia had a domestic violence law, the number of shoes displayed on Republic Square earlier this year would have been drastically lower.
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Voir également : En Arménie, le harcèlement sexuel au travail n'est pas considéré comme une infraction pénale

En Arménie, le Parti républicain (au pouvoir) ne voit pas la nécessité d'une loi contre les violences domestiques

Violences domestiques en Arménie : "Ne détruisez pas la famille arménienne avec vos approches européennes" (Robert Aharonyan, homme politique)

Gyumri (Arménie) : une ville régie par des habitudes patriarcales et misogynes

Crime d'honneur à Gyumri (Arménie)

"Valeurs européennes" : choc politico-culturel entre Arméniens d'Arménie et Arméniens diasporiques

Les coutumes matrimoniales des Arméniens

Les violences domestiques : un problème qui touche plus du quart des femmes d'Arménie

Le problème de la violence conjugale en Arménie

Les violences faites aux femmes et aux filles en Arménie (rapport de 2011)

Arménie : des femmes souffrent en silence

Violence au sein de la famille arménienne : le cas de Greta Baghdasaryan

Le crime d'honneur, une tradition arménienne ?

Marseille : retour sur un crime d'honneur arménien symptomatique

Le crime d'honneur, une tradition méconnue des chrétiens d'Orient

Istanbul : un couple religieusement mixte victime d'un crime d'honneur de la part du beau-frère chrétien arménien

France : les crimes d'honneur au sein de la première génération d'immigrés arméniens

Le communautarisme diasporique arménien : endogamie, mariages arrangés, auto-ghettoïsation

Le problème des mariages précoces chez les Arméniens du Liban

Arménie : l'opposition attend une réaction plus ferme de l'Occident face aux résultats falsifiés du référendum

Կիրակի, դեկտեմբերի 13, 2015 Ժամանակը Երեւանում 20:46
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Ազատություն TV

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Opposition Party Wants Tougher Western Reaction To Armenian Vote

Emil Danielyan եւ Sargis Harutyunyan

Հրապարակված է՝ 10.12.2015

The opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) on Thursday criticized Western powers for not explicitly challenging the official results of Sunday’s disputed referendum on President Serzh Sarkisian’s constitutional changes.

Levon Zurabian, an HAK leader, complained that the U.S. and European Union missions in Yerevan have only called on the Armenian authorities to investigate serious irregularities reported during the vote.

“Let those embassies know that Serzh Sarkisian is playing the following game. With one hand, he organizes those petty criminals to falsify the referendum … and with the other, he orders law-enforcement bodies to ‘very seriously’ investigate those crimes,” Zurabian told about 200 opposition supporters who gathered in the city’s Liberty Square. The West should not fall for this “trickery,” he said.

The U.S. Embassy and the EU Delegation in Armenia said on Tuesday that identifying and punishing those responsible for fraud is essential for the legitimacy of Sarkisian’s controversial constitutional reform. The U.S. mission described allegations of vote rigging voiced by opposition forces and local observers as “credible.”

The EU Delegation reiterated its calls on Thursday in a statement which it said was also endorsed by the Yerevan-based ambassadors of EU member states. “Without a transparent investigation of the alleged frauds as well as remediation if these are confirmed, the referendum would be a missed opportunity to increase the confidence in, and the integrity of, electoral processes in Armenia,” it said.

The EU statement also said: “Should the results of the referendum be officially confirmed, we underline that it is important to implement the new constitution.”

Zurabian said he is “a bit surprised” by the Western reactions. “Let’s assume that [the authorities] catch and punish vote falsifiers: 50 or 100 persons, for instance,” he said. “Would that change anything? Would the people trust in the referendum’s legitimacy?”

“The people voted ‘No’ and they know that very well,” added the opposition leader. “If [the authorities] declare the victory of the ‘Yes’ vote while punishing all vote falsifiers, will we be happy with that? Of course not.”

Law-enforcement authorities have already opened a number of criminal cases in connection with the alleged fraud. But they have reported no arrests so far.

The HAK and its opposition allies claim that the authorities rigged the referendum to push through the sweeping amendments to the Armenian constitution and thereby enable Sarkisian to extend his rule. Sarkisian’s Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) denies this.

According to the Central Election Commission (CEC), over 63 percent of Armenians voted for the amendments envisaging Armenia’s transformation into a parliamentary republic. The CEC put voter turnoutat 50.5 percent, just enough to make the vote valid. The HAK says, however, that no more than one-third of the country’s 2.5 million eligible voters cast ballots on Sunday.
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Voir également : Fraudes lors du référendum constitutionnel en Arménie

Arménie : les partis oppositionnels et les ONG s'élèvent contre la tentative de Sarkissian de renforcer son pouvoir

Elections législatives en Arménie : l'OSCE critique les "manquements à la démocratie" du régime de Sarkissian

Fraudes lors du référendum constitutionnel en Arménie

Կիրակի, դեկտեմբերի 13, 2015 Ժամանակը Երեւանում 20:37
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Key Vote Recounts Thwarted

Sisak Gabrielian

Հրապարակված է՝ 11.12.2015

Two leading Armenian opposition parties have failed to have election officials recount ballots that were cast in polling stations where they claim vote rigging was particularly serious during Sunday’s constitutional referendum.

Under Armenian law, election commissions can conduct, at the request of their members alleging serious fraud, recounts within three days after the announcement of official results of elections or referendums.

The Armenian National Congress (HAK) and Zharangutyun (Heritage), the two opposition parties represented in those commissions, demanded recounts in many precincts in and outside Yerevan. They say that referendum results there were falsified through ballot box stuffing or deliberate miscounting of votes.

Election officials representing the ruling Republican Party (HHK) and its allies, the Prosperous Armenia and Dashnaktsutyun parties, lodged a much larger number of recount applications in neighboring precincts despite their leaders’ assertions that the referendum was free and fair.

In virtually all cases, the district-level commissions decided to process the HHK, BHK and Dashnaktsutyun applications first, sparking opposition allegations that the authorities are thus obstructing recounts that would expose evidence of serious fraud.

The commissions failed to recount ballots in more than a dozen precincts in Yerevan when the legal deadline for such procedures expired on Friday afternoon.

The HHK-engineered recount proved scandalous in at least one precinct encompassing a part of the city’s southern Shengavit suburb. A local commission member representing the opposition HAK claimed that his signature on a vote result protocol, which was taken out of a sack filled with marked ballots, is not authentic. He produced a copy of the original protocol which certified 426 votes against and only 154 votes for President Serzh Sarkisian’s constitutional changes.

The protocol that emerged during the recount showed a diametrically opposite referendum outcome. The pro-government commission members denied that it was forged by them. They claimed that they had “mistakenly” signed the document shown by their opposition colleague.
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Voir également : Arménie : les partis oppositionnels et les ONG s'élèvent contre la tentative de Sarkissian de renforcer son pouvoir

Elections législatives en Arménie : l'OSCE critique les "manquements à la démocratie" du régime de Sarkissian