“The Role of Civil Society in Post-revolutionary Armenia”
25.05.2018
12:00
A number of civil society organizations expressed willingness to support the newly formed government. “We are ready to support the newly formed government to overcome the prevailing problems meanwhile we will remain loyal to the main principles and agenda of our activity”.

What tools is the civil society is going to use to monitor the work of the new government?

Sona Ayvazyan, Executive Director of Transparency International Anti-Corruption Center, doesn’t find collaboration with the new government as an end in itself. They expect the government to come up with a legal assessment of the organization’s corruption mechanisms as well as to punish the outlaws.

Gevorg Ter-Gabrielyan, Director of Eurasia Partnership Foundation, Artur Saqunts, Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Vanadzor Office, disagree that the civil society, having representatives in the new government, will have to limit its tools of monitoring its government. The speakers stressed that collaboration between civil society and authorities in democratic countries is considered as normal. It’s only in authoritarian regime that the civil society has to undertake the opposition function. That was what the Armenian civil society was doing before the velvet revolution.

Daniel Ioannisyan, Union of Informed Citizens Program Coordinator, took part in the discussion of the new Election Code in the NA before meeting with us. He noted that the Republican Party, being majority in the NA, wouldn’t accept the idea of a new Election Code. “This means that there are means to make RP understand the reality, the latter being majority in the NA but lacking people’s trust. Namely the acts that took place after May 1st after RP failed to elect Nikol Pashinyan as prime minister might be repeated”.

The speaker agree that the civil society is willing to collaborate with the new government the latter being ready to listen to issues raised by the civil society and pursue solutions.     

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