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Citizen’s Decision (Armenian: «Քաղաքացու որոշում», K՛aghak՛atsu voroshum, short ՔՈ, K՛O "Your") is an Armenian social-democratic political party founded in November 2018 by a group of left-leaning activists following the Velvet Revolution.[2] The party traces back its origin to the 2012 Mashtots Park Movement.[3][7]

Citizen’s Decision

Քաղաքացու որոշում
AbbreviationՔՈ
SecretarySuren Sahakyan[1]
FoundedNovember 3, 2018 (2018-11-03)[2]
IdeologySocial democracy
Welfarism[3][4]
Environmentalism[3]
Direct democracy[5][4]
Political positionCentre-left to left-wing[6][3]
Colorsgreen
National Assembly
0 / 132
Website
www.sdp.am

The party advocates for the welfare state, redistribution of wealth, environmentalism, universal healthcare, free education, gender equality, support of trade unions,[3] and direct democracy.[5][4]

The party is not represented in the National Assembly, though it participated in the 2018 parliamentary election. It is regarded by commentators as one of the several newly-founded parties without wide name recognition.[8][9] During the election campaign they voiced criticisms of Prime Minister-turned-revolutionary leader Nikol Pashinyan for alleged shortcomings and advocated reforming the Constitution, the Electoral Code and instituting transitional justice.[5]

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Electoral performanceEdit

In the 2018 election, the party won 8,530 votes or 0.68% of the total vote.[10] The party won 1.3% in Arabkir and 1.2% in Kentron districts of Yerevan. Outside the capital, it had above-average support in the province of Tavush, especially in the regional center Ijevan (2.8%) and the village of Yenokavan (28.6%). The latter was explained by the endorsement of the party and speculated financial support by Tigran Chibukhchyan, the owner of Yell Extreme Park based in Yenokavan.[11]

Parliamentary electionsEdit

Year Votes % Seats /total +/–
2018
8,530
0.68%
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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The "Citizen's Decision" Party was established". iravaban.net. 3 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Citizen's Decision: New Social-Democratic Party Created Today". Hetq.am. Retrieved 2018-11-13.
  3. ^ a b c d e Liakhov, Peter (4 December 2018). "Armenia's Velvet Jacobins". EurasiaNet.
  4. ^ a b c Avedikyan, Manuk (15 November 2018). "New Political Parties and a Failed Electoral Code". Armenian Weekly.
  5. ^ a b c "Քաղաքացու որոշում սոցիալ-դեմոկրատները մանդարիններ են բաժանել Գյումրիում (տեսանյութ)" (in Armenian). A1plus. 6 December 2018.
  6. ^ Ghalechyan, Narine (14 November 2018). "«Քաղաքացու որոշում»-ը «հակված է» մասնակցել ընտրություններին". azatutyun.am (in Armenian). RFE/RL.
  7. ^ Kocharyan, Stepan (26 November 2018). "Citizen's Decision Party highlights social-economic situation, says parliament is additional tool for struggle". Armenpress.
  8. ^ "Eleven Political Parties Register For Armenia's Parliamentary Elections". RFE/RL. 15 November 2018.
  9. ^ Kopalyan, Nerses (20 November 2018). "No Parliament for Rich, Old Men". EVN Report.
  10. ^ "ԿԸՀ-ն ամփոփել է 2010 ընտրատեղամասերի արդյունքները, «Իմ քայլը» ստացել է ձայների 70,43 տոկոսը". azatutyun.am (in Armenian). RFE/RL. 10 December 2018.
  11. ^ "«Քաղաքացու որոշում» կուսակցությանը ֆինանսավորում է Ենոքավանում գտնվող «Յելլ էքսթրիմ պարկ»ի սեփականատերը" (in Armenian). tert.am. 21 November 2018.