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Karabakh without opposition

2012-04-28 12:48

If you want to see the internal policy in Nagorno-Karabakh you must be a researcher. Nothing visible to the outside observer happens there. In Karabakh, there is no opposition rallies and other noise. And the official Stepanakert is engaged only in external affairs. Why is the country's internal political life so stagnant? We tried to get answers to this question from a local expert, political scientist Masis Mayilyan.

From the side it is almost impossible to see any trends in the political life of the Nagorno-Karabakh. It is difficult to understand, is there an internal policy in Nagorno-Karabakh, or local agenda is external questions?


In fact, Karabakh republic is a living organism, this is society, and therefore, it is impossible not to have domestic policy. We have parties, the civil sector, active NGOs. Another thing is that we have no opposition as an organized political force from 2007. But there is some protest mood; there is an alternative view which sounds somehow.

And why you have no opposition?

The fact is that during the parliamentary elections in 2007, the forces that had been considered to be the opposition supported the government, and thus the Parliament has become unipolar. The same situation repeated in 2010, when the opposition did not participate in elections, only pro-government parties. But this summer we are waiting for the presidential election, and I think that's a good opportunity for alternative political force to prove itself.

And yet, none political force has declared itself as an opposition ...

Registration of political parties for the presidential elections, there are still ten days. Perhaps there is still time to catch.

Election campaign starts now. What are the key issues voters are interested in? Are there local issues - roads, utilities, etc, or global issues of development of the country?

First of all, the people are interested in security. And various political forces have common position in this regard. We must achieve peace in the country by all means. For one of the major political forces economic issues are priority.

How does Armenia and its political leadership affect the situation in Karabakh?

It would be wrong to say that Armenia has no impact on political processes in Artsakh. The only Armenian political party here is the "ARF". Today we have objectively more cooperation between the governments of the two countries than between our societies.

Why Armenia does not recognize independence of Nagorno-Karabakh?

They have the misconception that this recognition may prevent the negotiation process in frameworks of the OSCE Minsk Group. This recognition could eliminate the issue of NKR recognition from the list of issues of the negotiation process, since Azerbaijan is also unready to discuss this issue.

How does the power elite of Karabakh form? What is its basis, regionalism, clan, or some other foundations?

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