One Armenia Party

One Armenia Party (Armenian: Մեկ Հայաստան կուսակցություն) is a centrist political party in Armenia. It was founded on 19 February 2019 by Arthur Ghazinian.[1]

One Armenia Party

Մեկ Հայաստան կուսակցություն
ChairmanArthur Ghazinyan
FoundedFebruary 2019[1]
HeadquartersYerevan
IdeologyProgressivism[2]
Political positionCentre[3]
National affiliationHomeland Salvation Movement (2020-2021)
Armenia Alliance
Website
1armenia.am

HistoryEdit

The founding congress of the One Armenia Party was held on 19 February 2019, in Yerevan.[2] Arthur Ghazinian, who also heads Yerevan State University's Center of European Studies, was elected by a majority of party members as Chairman.[4]

The party released its charter and manifesto as well as completed its registration with the Ministry of Justice. The party currently acts as an extra-parliamentary force. At a briefing with reporters, Artur Ghazinyan stated that this new party is a centrist political force and will help avoid a possible collision of opposite political poles in Armenia.[1]

The party has been a critic of Armenia's Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, with Ghazinian stating that the Prime Minister has already lost his legitimacy, has fully exhausted himself and will soon lose power.[5][6] The party has also criticized Pashinyan's government of poorly handling foreign affairs and the on-going Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.[7]

The party confirmed that it would nominate a single candidate to participate in the 2021 Armenian parliamentary election as part of the Armenia Alliance.[8]

IdeologyEdit

The party believes in developing Armenia's civil society, strengthening democracy and creating a powerful sovereign state with a strong national identity and institutions.[1][9] The party has also voiced strong opposition to ideological polarization, populism, radicalism and extremism. Instead, the party encourages ideological restraint and establishing a collaborative and consensual political culture in Armenia.[2]

In terms of foreign policy, the party supports a balanced relationship with both Russia and the European Union.[citation needed] The party also supports international recognition of Artsakh as well as protecting Armenia's cultural heritage and the values of the Armenian Apostolic Church.[3]

ActivitiesEdit

In June 2019, party members met with the President of Armenia, Armen Sarkissian. Party leader Ghazinian presented the ideology of the political party and directions of its activities.[10]

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.[11]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "One Armenia party convenes founding congress". news.am.
  2. ^ a b c "'Centrist' politicians announce launch of new political party in Armenia". www.tert.am.
  3. ^ a b "«Մեկ Հայաստան». նոր կուսակցություն է ձևավորվում". yerevan.today.
  4. ^ "«Մեկ Հայաստան» կուսակցության նախագահ ընտրվեց Արթուր Ղազինյանը". A1Plus.
  5. ^ LLC, Helix Consulting. "Extension of state of emergency has nothing to do with coronavirus pandemic: advocate - aysor.am - Hot news from Armenia". www.aysor.am.
  6. ^ LLC, Helix Consulting. "Արթուր Ղազինյան. Հայաստանը չի կառավարվում". www.panorama.am.
  7. ^ "Armenian political party leader: Upcoming Putin-Erdogan meeting is becoming dangerous". news.am.
  8. ^ "Arthur Ghazinyan. The movement had a minimum threshold and a maximum threshold. We were able to reach the minimum threshold".
  9. ^ LLC, Helix Consulting. "Armenia may assume chief role in the theatre of political absurd: One Armenia party chairperson - aysor.am - Hot news from Armenia". www.aysor.am.
  10. ^ "President Armen Sarkissian received representatives of the One Armenia Party - Press releases - Updates - The President of the Republic of Armenia". www.president.am.
  11. ^ "Arminfo: 17 քաղաքական կուսակցություններ պահանջում են Նիկոլ Փաշինյանի և նրա թիմի հրաժարականը". arminfo.info.

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