United Labour Party (Armenia)

The United Labour Party (Armenian: Միավորված աշխատանքային կուսակցություն, romanizedMiavorvats Ashkhatankayin Kusaksutyun) is a social-democratic[2] political party in Armenia. It is led by Gurgen Arsenyan.

United Labour Party
Միավորված աշխատանքային կուսակցություն
LeaderGurgen Arsenyan
Founded2002
HeadquartersYerevan
Membership17,000[1]
Ideology
Political positionCentre-left

HistoryEdit

Following the Armenian parliamentary election on 25 May 2003, the party won 5.7% of the popular vote and 6 out of 131 seats in the National Assembly. In the 2007 Armenian parliamentary elections, the party failed to win any seats, with a popular vote of 4.39%.

The party has not participated in any subsequent Armenian parliamentary elections since 2007, however the party officially endorsed and supported Prosperous Armenia prior to the 2012 Armenian parliamentary election. Both parties held a joint conference prior to the election where Gurgen Arsenyan pledged his support.[3] Following the announcement, Prosperous Armenia leader Gagik Tsarukyan expressed his gratitude for trust and support of the United Labour Party.[3][4]

In 2015, party leaders met with the then President of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan to discuss constitutional reforms.[5]

Party leader Gurgen Arsenyan endorsed the 2018 Armenian revolution and stated that, "the United Labor Party will unconditionally support the citizens of Armenia in exercising their right to form a new National Assembly."[6]

In January 2021, Arsenyan met with Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to discuss various political issues.[7]

On 1 April 2021, the United Labour Party signed a joint declaration with four other political parties calling on the Government of Armenia to ensure free and fair upcoming elections, following the on-going political unrest in Armenia.[8]

The party confirmed that it would participate in the 2021 Armenian parliamentary elections with Nikol Pashinyan's Civil Contract party.[9]

IdeologyEdit

The party advocates for the growth of a free-market economy, social development, protection of human rights and self-determination of nations. The party believes Armenia should deepen its European integration and raise its political and economic relations with the European Union, while also maintaining strong ties with Russia.[1]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b [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. ^ a b ""UNITED LABOUR PARTY" WILL SUPPORT "PROSPEROUS ARMENIA" PARTY | bhk.am". bhk.am.
  4. ^ "ՄԱԿ-ը ընտրություններին ԲՀԿ-ի ցուցակով կմասնակցի". «Ազատ Եվրոպա/Ազատություն» ռադիոկայան.
  5. ^ "Միավորված աշխատանքային կուսակցությունը կմասնակցի սահմանադրական բարեփոխումների գործընթացին". armenpress.am.
  6. ^ "Իշխանությունը պատկանում է ժողովրդին. Գուրգեն Արսենյան | Armlur – Լուրեր Հայաստանից".
  7. ^ "Pashinyan met with the chairman of the United Labor Party Gurgen Arsenyan".
  8. ^ "Հինգ կուսակցությունների համատեղ հայտարարությունը". araratnews.am.
  9. ^ "A racist struggle has started against the authorities, special groups are functioning. Gurgen Arsenyan". civilnet.am.