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Nagorno-Karabakh has no choice?2012-07-02 17:53
Presidential election in Nagorno-Karabakh are approaching. It will be the 5th election in the country. 4 candidates nominated. The current president, former Interior Minister of Karabakh, the head of the RNK National Security Service, General Bako Sahakyan is among them. General Vitaly Balasanyan, former Deputy Defense Army, Hero of Artsakh, the former warlord, as well as Arkady Soghomonyan, deputy director of the Stepanakert Branch of the National Agrarian University of Armenia for scientific and educational affairs, also run for the presidency. Valery Khachatryan, an unemployed, completes this list. All candidates are self-nominated.
Election is scheduled for July 19. It is already clear that the main struggle will be between the current President Bako Sahakyan and Vitaly Balasanyan, Hero of Artsakh. It should be noted that all the leading parties of Nagorno-Karabakh have supported current president. That is "Free Motherland", "The Democratic Party of Artsakh", "Dashnaktsutiun" and the Communist Party of Nagorno-Karabakh. Even the Council of Federation of Trade Unions has expressed willingness to support the incumbent president at the election.
Dashnaks' position with regards to future election is very interesting. The party ARF, an active member of which is Vitaly Balasanyan, one of the candidates, after some thought refused to support him and excluded from the National Assembly of the ARF faction. Although it should be noted that not everything was smooth with the Dashnaks, since some of them disagree with such a decision. And it is believed that there is a spilt that could lead to the appearance of opposition, which does not exist in Nagorno-Karabakh
The current situation is similar to the situation during the last election, when all parties, movements and unions supported one candidate. Only the party "Movement 88" has recently announced support of Vitaly Balasanyan and encouraged residents of Nagorno-Karabakh to vote for him.
Sahakyan possesses the administrative resources, support of all political parties and movements; however, many residents of Nagorno-Karabakh are for Balasanyan. They know him as a former field commander, Hero of Artsakh. There is a suggestion that those who fought, served or serves in the Karabakh's defense army (which accounts a considerable number of people) can support Balasanyan, recalling his former military achievements.
The campaign has already begun. The current president, Bako Sahakyan at the meetings with Karabakh publicity, said that his goal was a continuation of programs launched for five last years. Sahakyan reminds people of what changes have taken place in the country during his presidency. For example, abolishment of the death penalty, introduction of the institution of the Ombudsman, the budget of the community doubled, 60% of the total national budget allocated for the needs of the social sphere, the 10-fold increase in benefits for children, NKR servicemen have received 576 apartments, spending on health and education also doubled.
Speaking of the foreign policy of the Republic, Bako Sahakyan stressed there is no alternative for the international recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh within the existing boundaries.