Yerevan―Raffi K. Hovannisian met today with United States Ambassador John A. Heffern.
They conferred on a broad array of issues of mutual interest with respect to contemporary foreign and domestic policy challenges in Armenia and the region. Of particular importance, were the Yerevan municipal elections scheduled for May 5, together with the imperative of their conduct in line with legal and democratic standards.
Yerevan—On the final evening of his twenty-two day hunger strike at Liberty Square, Raffi K. Hovannisian took part in an open-air concert featuring the Armenian folk-rock band Bambir and the popular singer Lilit Pipoyan. Before retiring to his tent for his last night at the square, Hovannisian thanked his supporters for their faith, love, and dedication to a New Armenia.
Yerevan—Presiding over a massive demonstration of solidarity, with tens of thousands of citizens cheering on their true president at Liberty Square, Raffi K. Hovannisian announced today that he would end his 22-day hunger strike on Easter, and immediately commence a regional victory tour in anticipation of the inauguration, on April 9, of a New Armenia.
Yerevan—After taking part in a lively debate at Liberty Square—the finale of the town hall series, led today by Heritage parliamentary leader Ruben Hakobyan and intellectual Suren Zolyan—Raffi K. Hovannisian applauded “this unprecedented ten-day public brainstorm” and pledged to give his summary opinion in the near future.
by Nanore Barsoumian
The U.S. Embassy cables released by WikiLeaks provide invaluable information and insight on how American diplomats assess the inner workings of Armenia’s politics in general, and key players like Raffi Hovannisian in particular. As embassy officials grappled to absorb the day-to-day politics of the country, time and again they voiced their agreement with Hovannisian’s assessment of the political landscape in the country. They often judged him—the leader of the often sole opposition faction in parliament—to be a politician of a different breed, the exception among the “traditional” opposition politicians. However, they generally frowned upon his foreign policy views, which they attributed to his diaspora background.