Category: Election

Republican Party Claims Victory in Parliamentary Elections

Republican Party Claims Victory in Parliamentary Elections

YEREVAN (RFE/RL) —  The ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) was on course to score a landslide victory in Sunday’s parliamentary elections amid opposition allegations of vote buying and other irregularities. The government-controlled Central Election Commission (CEC) said early on Monday that with about 75 percent of the ballots counted, the HHK won 49.2 percent […]

Armenia in Flux

Armenia in Flux

By Edmond Y. Azadian The current year has proved to be an eventful one for Armenia. At first, life was continuing along its normal course, the economy remained stagnant, the flow of emigration did not slacken and the government remained in full control of the situation, while at the same time fobbing off responsibility for […]

Turkish Caucus Member Donna Edwards Defeated in Primary

Turkish Caucus Member Donna Edwards Defeated in Primary

WASHINGTON — Turkish Caucus Member Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-MD) was defeated in Maryland’s Democratic Senate primary by long-time supporter of Armenian issues, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), reported the Armenian Assembly of America. According to OpenSecrets.org, Edwards has received thousands of dollars from Turkish PACs, and was supported by the “Ten Thousand Turks PAC” in […]

New Vice Chairman of Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues named

New Vice Chairman of Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues named

WASHINGTON — Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) has been named vice chair of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues. In addition to playing an active role in the Armenian Caucus, notably efforts to secure Turkey’s return of confiscated Christian Armenian, Greek, and Assyrian religious property and U.S. reaffirmation of the Armenian Genocide, Bilirakis also serves as […]

Heroes or Villains?

By Edmond Y. Azadian When Osama bin Laden was shooting Soviet Mig fighter planes in Afghanistan using shoulder-launched heat-seeking rockets supplied by the US, he was hailed as a hero, a freedom fighter struggling to defeat an atheist power occupying the Moslem land of Afghanistan. And when Brezhnev’s army left Afghanistan, tails between their legs, […]

Hovannisian on Hunger Strike

Hovannisian on Hunger Strike

YEREVAN (ArmeniaNow) — Authorities have denied opposition leader and defeated presidential candidate Raffi Hovannisian’s request to put up a tent in Liberty Square, where Hovannisian is on a hunger strike in protest of the February 18 presidential election outcome in which he finished second in the official ballot. Hovannisian, founder of the Heritage party, started […]

Armenian Americans Host Reception at DNC

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Armenian Americans held a reception this past September for delegates and guests at the Democratic National Convention (DNC). The reception was held at the Marriott Center City, steps away from the Staples Arena, where delegates from across the nation gathered to nominate President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden. The reception […]

Campaign 2012: A Look Through the Armenian-American Lens

By Taniel Koushakjian Special to the Mirror-Spectator WASHINGTON — We are now less than a year away from the 2012 elections and the campaign trail is already heating up. The race for the White House has catapulted various GOP candidates to the top, only to see them tumble from its peak. There have been historic […]