National Unity (Armenia)

National Unity (Armenian: Ազգային միաբանություն, Azgayin Miabanutyun) is a conservative[2] political party in Armenia. It is currently led by Artashes Geghamyan.

National Unity (Armenia)
LeaderArtashes Geghamyan
Founded1997
HeadquartersYerevan
Membership46,700[1]
IdeologyConservatism
Pro-Russian
Pro-CIS[1]
Website
www.amiab.am/hy/

HistoryEdit

In the parliamentary election held on 25 May 2003, the party won 8.8% of the popular vote and 9 out of 131 seats in the National Assembly of Armenia. In the 2003 presidential election, Geghamyan received 16.9% of the vote in the first round, but was eliminated. In the 2007 parliamentary election, the party did not win any seats, receiving a popular vote of 3.69%. The party has not participated in any parliamentary elections since 2007.

In the February 2008 presidential election, Geghamyan, running again as the National Unity Party's candidate, placed seventh with 0.27% of the vote according to final official results.[3]

Following the 2020–2021 Armenian protests, the party endorsed the "New Union" political alliance of the Voice of the Nation Party, the Towards Russia Party, and the Constitutional Rights Union. Geghamyan attended a meeting of the alliance.[4] Geghamyan has also been very critical of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, accusing the Prime Minister of being ruled by George Soros and Western interests.[5]

IdeologyEdit

The party advocates for strengthening the Armenian economy, protecting minority rights, deepening European integration while maintaining close relations with other Commonwealth of Independent States members, especially with Russia. The party also believes in keeping Armenia within the Collective Security Treaty Organization and the Eurasian Union but also fostering deeper relations with the United States and NATO. However, the party is against any NATO peacekeepers being deployed in Armenia.[6][5]

The party additionally believes in establishing peace with Armenia's neighbours and peacefully resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.[1]

In May 2021, the party supported the idea of Armenia joining the Belarus-Russia Union State.[7]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c [1]
  2. ^ Nordsieck, Wolfram (2007). "Armenia". Parties and Elections in Europe. Archived from the original on 27 August 2011.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  3. ^ "RA CEC DECLARED SERGE SARGSIAN ARMENIA’S PRESIDENT", defacto.am, 25 February 2008.
  4. ^ "Ազդարարվեց' «Ուժեղ Հայաստան' Ռուսաստանի հետ. հանուն նոր միության» նախաձեռնության մեկնարկի մասին". iravunk.com.
  5. ^ a b ""Ազգային միաբանություն»-ը, ՔԴՄ-ն եւ ՍԻՄ-ը կսատարեն Սերժ Սարգսյանին | YerevanNights.com". www.yerevannights.com.
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ "Արտաշես Գեղամյան. Հայաստանն անվտանգության մեջ կլինի միայն Ռուսաստանի և Բելառուսի միութենական պետությունում". iravunk.com.