On these days of the election campaign, the opposition parties have adopted a “partisan” tactics. For example, the Congress and the ARF Dashnaktsutyun call on the voters to accept election bribes but to vote for the opposition. PAP is not making such appeals but it has also adopted a partisan tactics – Oskanian says one thing, then Tsarukyan disagrees with Oskanian’s opinion. Besides, PAP is still part of the coalition but it signs the opposition initiatives.
The tactics of the opposition is interesting because partisanship happens when the country is occupied by foreigners. This circumstance is highlighted by concerns about emigration comparing it with genocide and displacement which the Armenian people have underwent at different times.
The effectiveness of this tactics will be seen in the nearest future. But there is a moral aspect of the issue which is difficult to “calculate” and its ravages are irreparable.
Once, ARFD, the opposition, used to address the same accusations to Ter-Petrosyan and the All-Armenian Movement in government. The vocabulary is the same then and now.
Besides, the appeals of the opposition to accept the election bribes are not something new either and they were heard when Ter-Petrosyan was in office. At the same time, Ter-Petrosyan’s office was compared with foreign occupation.
Two decades have already passed and almost a dozen national elections have been held but the political and party system in Armenia has not undergone any change, any progress. The methods of political scramble, appeals and vocabulary are the same, just like the assessments and the system of values.
It may be objective in terms of “political scramble” since the situation is not changing in the country. But from the point of view of a citizen, the question occurs what the so-called Armenian parties have been doing in the past twenty years if the situation isn’t changing. There is no need to be offended by people who consider the parties as a tool to address group and private interests.
Actually, the Armenian citizen has been isolated from his own country and rights. And the most terrible thing is that they have been taught inaction and forced to take the most humiliating step – accept the money and vote for someone else. This is the “value” of the Armenian citizen – villain, coward, migrant, something that has been instilled in the Armenians by foreigners and the local political class. And established is the story of Vardananq as a living standard – deny, deceive and win moral victory. Afterwards, one can feel free to leave the country because this is the ultimate thing proposed to people.
For this reason, the opposition has been “winning” elections for two decades but the government has remained where it was, with only some cosmetic changes. The system remains the same, like the values, attitudes and working style.
It seemed that the political leadership of people who won in Karabakh had to give up martyrdom and moral victories of the history and go on to establishment of a constitutional state and election mechanisms to form government in the country. In other words, to change radically the political and economic situation in the country not to have to play partisan games, getting involved in election fraud and voting by “dead voters”.
This is the only value of the activities of the political class for the statehood. If there is no such activity, the rest will inevitably lead to the next “moral victory”, no matter what changes the government will undergo.