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

Bright Armenia

Լուսավոր Հայաստան
LeaderEdmon Marukyan
FoundedDecember 12, 2015 (2015-12-12)
HeadquartersYerevan
IdeologyClassical liberalism[1]
Pro-Europeanism
Anti-EAEU[1]
Political positionCentre to centre-left
National affiliationBright Alliance (2018)
Way Out Alliance (2016–2018)
European affiliationAlliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
National Assembly
17 / 132
Yerevan City Council
1 / 65
Website
brightarmenia.am

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HistoryEdit

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

In the 2018 Yerevan City Council elections it run as a part of the Bright Alliance. The Alliance won three seats, two seats were taken by Bright Armenia and one seat was taken by 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.

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.[4] Party members also advocate for visa-free travel of Armenian citizens to the EU's Schengen Area.[5] The party opposes Armenia's current membership in the Eurasian Union and believes that Armenia should withdraw it's membership and begin to negotiate an Association Agreement and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area with the European Union.[6] Bright Armenia supports Armenia's full membership in the EU and wishes to begin the first steps of accession negotiations without delay.[6]

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.[7]

Party councilEdit

Electoral recordEdit

Parliamentary electionsEdit

Party leader Edmon Marukyan, was elected as an independent MP in Armenian parliamentary election 2012.[10]

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

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. ^ a b 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...
  2. ^ Edwards, Maxim. "Armenia's Revolution Will Not be Monopolized". Foreign Policy. 13 December 2018
  3. ^ ""Լուսավոր Հայաստան"-ի հիմնադիր համագումարը. 1in.am. ուղիղ (տեսանյութ)". a1plus.am.
  4. ^ "Bright Armenia: Relations with EU must reach strategic level". news.am. Retrieved 2018-11-29.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ a b https://www.brightarmenia.am/en/11/131/armenia-european-model-country-future-eu-member-state.htm/
  7. ^ https://brightarmenia.am/en/11/131/armenia-european-model-country-future-eu-member-state.htm/
  8. ^ "www.brightarmenia.am". Bright Armenia Party. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  9. ^ "www.brightarmenia.am". Bright Armenia Party. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  10. ^ "Էդմոն Մարուքյանի "Լուսավոր Հայաստան"-ը անձերի դեմ չի պայքարի". Azatutyun (in Armenian).