Way Out Alliance

The Way Out Alliance (Armenian: «Ելք» դաշինք, ԵԼՔ; YELK Dashink, YELQ) or Yelk Alliance or simply Yelk or Way Out was a liberal political alliance of three political parties in Armenia: Civil Contract, Bright Armenia and the Hanrapetutyun Party. It was formed on 12 December 2016,[5] before the 2017 Armenian parliamentary election. Its leaders were Edmon Marukyan (leader of Bright Armenia), Nikol Pashinyan (leader of Civil Contract), and Aram Sargsyan (leader of Hanrapetutyun and former Prime Minister of Armenia). The alliance was dissolved on 12 September 2018 after its constituent parties agreed to participate in the 2018 parliamentary elections separately.

Way Out Alliance
«Ելք» դաշինք
LeaderEdmon Marukyan (LH)
Nikol Pashinyan (KP)
Aram Sargsyan (H)
Founded12 December 2016 (2016-12-12)
Dissolved12 September 2018
HeadquartersYerevan
IdeologyLiberalism[1]
Pro-Europeanism
Anti-EAEU[2][3]
Armenian civic nationalism
Political positionCentre[4]
Colors  Orange

HistoryEdit

On 2 April 2017, the alliance participated in the 2017 Armenian parliamentary election with Edmon Marukyan as leader of the alliance and won 9 seats out of 105 in the National Assembly. Prior to the election, the Union for National Self-Determination, another liberal Pro-European party, also wished to join the Way Out Alliance, however their request was never responded too.[6]

After parliamentary elections, the alliance participated in the 2017 Yerevan City Council election. The alliance's candidate for Mayor of Yerevan was Nikol Pashinyan.[7] However, the alliance won only 14 seats out of 65 in the Yerevan City Council and Nikol Pashinyan gave up his mandate of City Council and continued his work in the National Assembly as an MP.[8][9]

The alliance did not participate in the 2018 Yerevan City Council election. Bright Armenia and the Hanrapetutyun Party formed another alliance - Bright Alliance. Meanwhile, Civil Contract formed the My Step Alliance with the Mission Party. The My Step Alliance won the municipal elections and their candidate Hayk Marutyan was appointed as the Mayor of Yerevan. Bright Alliance came in third place, winning 3 seats out of 65 in the Yerevan City Council.

IdeologyEdit

The Way Out Alliance's ideology is based on liberalism. The three parties, especially Bright Armenia and Hanrapetutyun, are considerably pro-European and support Armenia's European integration. In terms of Foreign relations of Armenia, the alliance stated that Armenia's decision to join the Eurasian Economic Union was wrong and had a negative impact on the country. The alliance proposed to renegotiate with the EU on signing an Association Agreement along with a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement.[10]

CompositionEdit

Party Leader
Civil Contract (KP) Nikol Pashinyan
Bright Armenia (LH) Edmon Marukyan
Hanrapetutyun Party (H) Aram Sargsyan

Electoral recordEdit

Parliamentary electionsEdit

Election Votes % Seats Government
2017 122,049 7.78
9 / 105
Opposition (2017-2018)
Government (2018–2019)

Local electionsEdit

Yerevan City Council electionsEdit

Election Mayor candidate Votes % Seats in City Council
2017
Nikol Pashinyan
70,730
21%
14 / 65

See alsoEdit

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