Armenia. Struggles between Azerbaijan and the
Armenian-backed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh continued
during the year. In February, several Azerbaijani soldiers
were reported to have been shot dead at the border.
In May the violence was escalated with rockets near
densely populated areas along the border line. In June,
three Armenian separatists were reported to have been
killed. Both sides accused each other of initiating the
During the year, the ICG International Crisis Group noted
that the violence surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh has brought
neighboring countries Armenia and Azerbaijan closer to a war
than ever since the ceasefire in 1994. to widen its
influence in the region than to resolve the conflict.
In March, Armenia's security service arrested a former
Nagorno-Karabakh Defense Minister, Samvel Babayan. This one
was accused of arms smuggling. According to the opposition,
the arrest was an attempt by the regime to spread the fears
of the opponents ahead of the parliamentary elections in
April, thereby affecting the outcome of the election.
The April election was a bit of a hardship for the ruling
Republican Party, which declined a bit. Still, the party won
by just over 49% of the vote, giving a shrinking majority in
parliament. Opposition Party A successful Armenia and its
Alliance gained just over 27%. According to
Countryaah.com, the new Liberal Alliance
Alliance Way Out made a good choice and took close to a
tenth of the seats in Parliament. The government-loyal party Dashnak also joined parliament.
The opposition reported several cases of election fraud.
According to international observers, the election was
largely right, but there were reports of irregularities such
as voting and pressure on both voters and election workers.
Republican Party Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan remained
in office after the election and again formed coalition
government with the support party Dasjnak. The government
thus obtained a three-fifths majority, which is necessary,
among other things, for changes in the electoral system.