Apricot Country Party

The Apricot Country Party (Armenian: Երկիր ծիրանի կուսակցություն), also known as Yerkir Tsirani is a political party in Armenia.

Apricot Country Party
Երկիր ծիրանի կուսակցություն
LeaderZaruhi Postanjyan[1]
Founded15 March 2017 (2017-03-15)[2]
HeadquartersYerevan
IdeologyLiberalism
Progressivism
Pro-Europeanism[3]
Political positionCentre
National affiliationHomeland Salvation Movement
Slogan"Towards Ararat"[4]
Website
yerkirtsirani.am

HistoryEdit

The party was established in March 2017, prior to the 2017 Yerevan City Council election.[5] Party leader Zaruhi Postanjyan, a former member of the Heritage party, was nominated to run for Mayor of Yerevan.[6] Following the election, Postanjyan came in third place. The party does not have any political representation and currently acts as an extra-parliamentary force.

On 9 November 2020, the party signed a joint declaration with the other member parties of the Homeland Salvation Movement calling on Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to resign during the 2020–2021 Armenian protests.[7]

IdeologyEdit

The parties manifesto calls for the development of strong and progressive statehoods of both Armenia and Artsakh, while opposing authoritarianism. The party encourages economic reform and immigration to Armenia, increasing environmental protection, and improving human rights for all citizens.[8][9] The party advocates for allowing the Armenian Diaspora to be allowed to vote in elections and giving the Armenian Diaspora political representation within the National Assembly. The party also supports the recognition of Artsakh as an independent state.[3][10]

In terms of foreign policy, the party supports Armenia's European integration and believes that Armenia belongs to the Pan-European family of states.[3]

Electoral recordEdit

The party participated in the 2017 Yerevan City Council election.[11] The party received 7.75% of the vote, gaining 5 seats in the Yerevan City Council. The party also participated in the 2018 Yerevan City Council election, but lost all 5 seats in the Yerevan City Council following the election.

The party has not participated in any national elections. Prior to the 2018 Armenian parliamentary election, the party declined to participate and boycotted the election, due to concerns over electoral fraud and corruption.[12][13]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Yerkir Tsirani party of Armenia: CC head is subjected to political persecution". news.am.
  2. ^ "Փոստանջյանը մտավ ԿԸՀ ու բացականչեց. "Երկիր ծիրանին" ողջունում է բոլորիդ". Առավոտ". A1Plus.
  3. ^ a b c ""Երկիր ծիրանի"-ն հրապարակել է ծրագրային դրույթներն ու հռչակագիրը". www.civilnet.am.
  4. ^ ""Երկիր ծիրանի". Զարուհի Փոստանջյանի կուսակցությունը որդեգրում է "Դեպի Արարատ" կարգախոսը". Armtimes.com.
  5. ^ "Ելք, Երկիր Ծիրանի, ՀՀԿ. ԿԸՀ-ն հաստատեց".
  6. ^ "Yerkir Tsirani party of Armenia: For past 30 years there has been emptiness that demands new ideas from us". news.am.
  7. ^ "Arminfo: 17 քաղաքական կուսակցություններ պահանջում են Նիկոլ Փաշինյանի և նրա թիմի հրաժարականը". arminfo.info.
  8. ^ "In case". www.ecolur.org.
  9. ^ "Goodbye to failed republic - statement of Yerkir Tsirani (video)". A1Plus.
  10. ^ ""Երկիր Ծիրանին" մերժում է "ՀՀ խորհրդարանական ընտրություններ" անվանումով կեղծ նախաձեռնությունը". news.am.
  11. ^ "Երեւանի ավագանու ընտրություններ. "Երկիր Ծիրանի" կուսակցության առաջին տասնյակը հայտնի է". news.am.
  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^ "Zaruhi Postanjyan to sue "Gallup"". www.aravot-en.am.

External linksEdit

Country of Apricots Party on Facebook