The Armenian Parliamentary Elections in April 2017:
how can the diaspora engage in
Armenia's democratic evolution?
and via Skype from Armenia
Sona Ayvazyan (Transparency International Armenia),Isabella Sargsyan (Eurasia Partnership Foundation), andTevan Poghosyan (Member of Parliament)
In April 2017, Armenia will hold its first parliamentary elections since the Constitutional reform referendum of Dec. 2015 and transition from a semi-presidential system to a parliamentary one, strengthening the legislature at the expense of the presidency. The April 2017 elections will form a parliament with more power in the country's political life and offer a chance for the people in Armenia to express their political will through their votes rather than through violence.
The panelists will discuss the role of the upcoming parliamentary elections for Armenia's democratic promise and for the future of its statehood. They will also provide an understanding of the nuts and bolts of the election process, and will place a special emphasis on the value, place, and prospects of the diaspora's support for the democratic processes of the elections.