Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s Civil Contract won a surprise decisive victory in the June 20th snap parliamentary elections. The elections were called by the Prime Minister to solve the political crisis that came after the disastrous defeat in the war with Azerbaijan over the Karabakh region.
The results have shown that the Civil Contract party secured 53.9% of the vote while former President Robert Kocharyan’s party Armenia Alliance secured 21.1% of the vote and former President Serzh Sargsyan’s I Have Honor Alliance secured 5.2% of the vote.
On November 9th, 2020, Russia brokered a ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan which saw Armenia give up a portion of Nagorno-Karabakh proper as well as the regions around it that had been used as a buffer zone.
The war began in late September and lasted for 6 weeks and key to Azerbaijan’s decisive victory was the support of Turkey, and the use of drones.
So far former President Robert Kocharyan’s alliance has not accepted the results and they are challenging the results in the constitutional court but it is not expected to change the results.
Prime Minister Pashinyan will have a lot of issues he has to deal with, including Azerbaijani incursions in internationally recognized Armenian territories, the economic situation, and rebuilding the Armenian military.
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