By Simon Aynedjian
Nicosia 30 December 2018 – The newly-elected government of Armenia has received a mandate based on the anti-corruption rhetoric and the immoral wrongdoings of not only the previous administration but on every elected government, since 1991, that won consecutive landslide victories to rise to power and governance.
Through the same anti-corruption rhetoric, the new administration has – at the same time – won a vote of confidence to administer foreign policy, Diaspora relations, politics with its neighbours, management of the public sector, health, culture and education … and the economic well-being of the citizens of Armenia, the voters of which, are, in their minds, drawing a timeline of events between the velvet revolution and the improvement of the quality of their life.
While no one can dispute the necessity of change from moving away from our post-Soviet corrupt state of affairs, the reason of the velvet revolution and the desired effect may not run in sequence.
It may not follow that, because of the velvet revolution, things will be better. Unfortunately, the majority of the people living in Armenia are only starting to understand that things may not be drastically different than before.
The people promoting this dream or giving promises of a much better future, should warn everyone that, although the mandate received by the velvet revolution and the fair elections that followed was, and is, a cherished victory and a move in the right direction, the realities on the ground will probably not be what the people of Armenia have been waiting and struggling for.
With its landlocked geographical co-ordinates and limited capabilities for swift change, neither the Armenian economy nor its foreign policy should be expected to undergo significant change.
It is not early to start thinking about managing the disappointment fallout when it hits the ground and starts sinking in, to the average person.
Coming into power with a slogan – especially a moral one – is one thing, and positively affecting the quality of life of the people who have trusted you with their vote, is another.