01.03.2017 | Armenia’s Sargsyan prioritises stability over economic reform

There was not much pre-election buzz in Yerevan. This was of course understandable given the timing of my visit – deep midwinter. Heavy snow had fallen in the city the day I arrived.

However, even among the political scientists and local journalists I spoke to, there seemed to be little genuine interest in parliamentary elections in April.  Surprising, given the significance of this year’s poll which – following a constitutional referendum in 2015 – sees the country switch from a presidential system of governance to one where the legislature will hold significantly more sway.

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