Bright Armenia

Bright Armenia (Armenian: Լուսավոր Հայաստան) is a classical liberal[1][2] political party in Armenia founded on 12 December 2015.[3]

Bright Armenia
Լուսավոր Հայաստան
LeaderEdmon Marukyan
FoundedDecember 12, 2015 (2015-12-12)
HeadquartersYerevan
Ideology
Political positionCentre
National affiliationWay Out Alliance (2016–2018)
Bright Alliance (2018)
European affiliationAlliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
Slogan“There is an Alternative, Vote!”
National Assembly
0 / 107
Yerevan City Council
1 / 65
Website
brightarmenia.am

HistoryEdit

In the 2017 Armenian parliamentary election and the 2017 Yerevan City Council election, the party took part in the elections as part of the Way Out Alliance, gaining few seats.

In the 2018 Yerevan City Council election, the party ran as a part of the Bright Alliance. The alliance won three seats in the Yerevan City Council, with two seats taken by Bright Armenia and one seat taken by the Hanrapetutyun Party.

Following the 2018 Armenian parliamentary election, Bright Armenia became the third largest party in the National Assembly and one of the two official opposition parties, the other being Prosperous Armenia.

In May 2021, the party confirmed it would participate in the 2021 Armenian parliamentary elections. Following the election, the party gained just 1.2% of the popular vote, losing all political representation in the National Assembly. The party currently acts as an extra-parliamentary force.

Bright Armenia is an affiliated member of the European Liberal Forum's Institute of Liberal Politics.[4]

Political positionEdit

Bright Armenia is a liberal, pro-European political party. Edmon Marukyan called for raising relations with the European Union to a strategic partnership level.[5] Party members also advocate for visa-free travel of Armenian citizens to the EU's Schengen Area.[6] The party opposes Armenia's current membership in the Eurasian Union and believes that Armenia should withdraw its membership and begin to negotiate an Association Agreement and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area with the European Union.[7] Bright Armenia supports Armenia's full membership in the EU and wishes to begin the first steps of accession negotiations without delay.[7]

The party manifesto states, "Armenia should show initiative in pan-European processes and structures, presenting itself as the true bearer of the values of European civilization and democracy."[8]

Despite the party's Pro-European orientation, Bright Armenia also believes in maintaining positive cooperation with Russia and ensuring that the interests of Armenia are not compromised in favor of other countries.[9]

Party councilEdit

The party council consists of 12 members.[10]

Electoral recordEdit

Parliamentary electionsEdit

Party leader Edmon Marukyan, was elected as an independent MP following the 2012 Armenian parliamentary election.[12]

Election Alliance Votes % Seats +/– Position Government
2017 part of Way Out Alliance 122,049 7.78
9 / 105
    3rd Opposition (2017–2018)
Government (2018)
2018 none 80,024 6.37
18 / 132
  15   3rd Opposition
2021 none 15,591 1.22
0 / 107
  18   9th Extra-parliamentary

Local electionsEdit

Yerevan City Council electionsEdit

Election Alliance Mayor candidate Votes % Seats in City Council +/– Position
2017 part of Way Out Alliance
Nikol Pashinyan
70,730
21
14 / 65
    2nd
2018 part of Bright Alliance
Artak Zeynalyan
18,114
4.99
3 / 65
  11   3rd

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Edwards, Maxim. "Armenia's Revolution Will Not be Monopolized". Foreign Policy. 13 December 2018
  2. ^ Edwards, Maxim (13 December 2018). "Armenia's Revolution Will Not be Monopolized". Foreign Policy. Bright Armenia is an avowedly pro-EU and classical liberal political party...
  3. ^ ""Լուսավոր Հայաստան"-ի հիմնադիր համագումարը. 1in.am. ուղիղ (տեսանյութ)". a1plus.am.
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  5. ^ "Bright Armenia: Relations with EU must reach strategic level". news.am. Retrieved 2018-11-29.
  6. ^ "Opening dialogue path for visa liberalization with EU among Armenia's priority tasks". armenpress.am. Retrieved Jan 28, 2020.
  7. ^ a b "Armenia – European Model Country – Future EU Member State | www.brightarmenia.am". Bright Armenia Party. Retrieved Jan 28, 2020.
  8. ^ "Լուսավոր Հայաստան Կուսակցության ԱԺ նախընտրական ծրագիր | www.brightarmenia.am". Bright Armenia Party. Retrieved Jan 28, 2020.
  9. ^ "Armenia – European Model Country – Future EU Member State | www.brightarmenia.am". Bright Armenia Party. Retrieved Jan 28, 2020.
  10. ^ "www.brightarmenia.am". Bright Armenia Party. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  11. ^ "www.brightarmenia.am". Bright Armenia Party. Retrieved 2019-01-20.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Էդմոն Մարուքյանի "Լուսավոր Հայաստան"-ը անձերի դեմ չի պայքարի". Azatutyun (in Armenian).