Elections held in 4 countries on May 6 resulted in change of government except in Armenia. The socialist Hollande was elected in France, in Greece the ruling coalition failed to form a coalition, and a fresh election will be held there, while in Serbia the ex-nationalist opposition candidate won the second round.
Only in Armenia did the government strengthen its foothold despite general dissatisfaction with the social and economic situation. Either the right social and political policy is implemented and poverty and unemployment are down, or the elections have been rigged and do not reflect public moods.
Nobody thought about using the administrative resource in Greece or France or Serbia to hold on to power. They did not consider spending some two million dollars to buy votes, organize open voting for soldiers and undertake other measures to squeeze out their opponents. Only in Armenia was everything done in the genuine soviet manner.
And one more circumstance. In all the three countries left and nationalist forces won the elections. On May 6 Europe expressed the tendency of combining socialism and nationalistic ideas which used to be considered intolerable. Perhaps welfare in Europe is thought to be dependent on a tougher migration policy.
In Armenia no such tendency has been observed. The Republican Party referring to itself as nationalist does not reflect the society’s aspirations for social justice and national consolidation.
In the meantime, it must have been tough for the European observers to work in Armenia. It is not accidental that the representatives of the European Liberal Democratic Party described the parliamentary election as a performance of democracy. When the evaluation states that the falsification affected the results of the voting, it is not election. The falsification machine is tested to make sure it is greased.
Meanwhile, after the elections it is necessary to evaluate the public moods which the elections reflect, not the elections. In this sense, there was no election in Armenia.