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Groong: Week in Review



June 27, 2021



     Hrant Mikaelian

     Emil Sanamyan


     Hovik Manucharyan

     Asbed Bedrossian



Hello, and welcome to the Armenian News Network, Groong, Week in Review. This Week we’re going to talk about the following major topics:

      Armenian Elections Recap

      Protests in Artsakh

To talk about these issues, we have with us:


Hrant Mikaelian, who is a political scientist and multidisciplinary researcher in social sciences at the Caucasus Institute, based in Yerevan.



Emil Sanamyan, a senior research fellow at USC’s Institute of Armenian Studies specializing in politics in the Caucasus.



This episode was recorded on June 27, 2021.


Topics This Week

Armenian Election Results, Recap

Today the Armenian CEC ruled that Civil Contract will receive 71 seats in the new parliament, Armenia Alliance 29, Pativ Unem 7.


      International observers clap. Opposition alleges irregularities. Who is right?

      Why such a huge discrepancy in between polls and results?

      Was this a complete disaster for Kocharyan?

      How about Pativ Unem?

      They had a very lightweight team?

      Serzh Sargsyan in an interview to BBC said: “Yes, I think Pashinyan won the elections”, while the Constitutional Challenge is still ongoing.

      Who were the willing and unwilling vote stealers?

      How many votes were vaporized?

      Who are the losers?

      Bright Armenia

      Prosperous Armenia

      Armenian National Congress

      The “Vardan Ghukasyan Factor”

      What will work in the new parliament look like?

Protests in Artsakh


Some apparently spontaneous protests have been going on in Artsakh against president Arayik Harutyunyan, demanding his resignation, as well as other officials in his government. What are the drivers behind these protests?




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