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Will elections end the crisis in Armenia?

Armenians are set to go to the polls in a snap general election overshadowed by last year’s Nagorno-Karabakh war.

On Sunday, Armenians will vote in a second parliamentary snap election in less than three years.

Four political blocs and 22 parties are going up against caretaker Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who stepped down in April following months of protests demanding his resignation.

Many called him a traitor for signing a peace deal that ended six weeks of fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh, but returned swathes of territory to Armenia’s longstanding rival Azerbaijan.

Four former leaders are running in Sunday’s vote, including Robert Kocharyan who is seen as the opposition frontrunner.

So, how will last year’s war shape the outcome?

Presenter: Sohail Rahman


Harout Manougian – Election systems consultant for Transparency International – Armenia

Vladimir Sotnikov – Political scientist at the Russian Academy of Sciences

Arsen Kharatyan – Armenia analyst and former adviser to the Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan