New political party launched in Armenia ahead of parliamentary election

In the run-up to the snap parliamentary election slated for December, a new political party announced its launch in Armenia, promising to “serious democracy-building” efforts by way of creating a new political culture.

At the founding congress on Wednesday, the initiators of Armenian Dream also approved the party’s charter and declaration.

The founding board of Armenian Dream includes Armen Mkrtchyan, a political analyst, Tsolak Grigoryan, a lawyer, Arshak Arshakyan, a commander of the Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) war, Smbat Rostommyan, an economist, Gegham Harutyunyan, an expert in oriental studies, David Khosrovyan, a lawyer, and Artavazd Sargsyan, a jurist.

A key objective enshrined in the party’s declaration is the motto to create a new real democracy-oriented political and economic government model.

“To do that, we need to elaborate and employ the foundations of a new political culture, a free and competitive political arena and a real economic development strategy. And in order to achieve that, we must be able to create a pluralistic and literate parliament,” Gegham Harutyunyan said, introducing the document.

He also affirmed their support to Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan’s “Velvet Revolution” and the values underlying his government’s objectives.

“We see the powerful Armenia and have the vision and road towards building that kind of Armenia. And it is for the sake of that kind of Armenia now that we are creating the Armenian Dream party,” he added.

The founding members also made a call for ensuring sober criticism and plurality of opinions “in the new phases of political developments”. Armen Mkrtchyan said they are also planning to run for parliament in December.