Armenian parliament may significantly change due to strengthening of leftist forces
A new party called the Constructive Party of Armenia appeared on the political arena of Armenia in the end of June. It set ambitious goals, in particular to immediately participate in the early parliamentary elections, as well as in local self-government elections in October. This party is led by Andrias Gukasyan, politician known for his participation in numerous actions of civil disobedience in 2013 and 2015.
After the Republican Party of Armenia lost its power, Armenia is going through the so-called "post-republican" period - high-profile criminal cases are being initiated against the RPA members, as well as people close to the former government, in particular to ex-president Serzh Sargsyan. Obviously, young liberals are doing everything possible to consolidate their leading positions in the political life of Armenia, since no one believes that the Republican Party will return to power. It's unclear whether it's a coincidence or not, but last week the parliament began to discuss issue of lowering parliamentary election threshold. Supporters of this initiative (deputies from the Yelk and Tsarukyan and Dashnaktsutyun blocs) argue that threshold should be lowered so that new parties could join the parliament, since current five percent threshold can hinder small parties.
Tsarukyan, Yelk and Dashnaktsutyun are directly interested in holding early parliamentary elections, since the RPA still has 52 of 58 mandates in the parliament. Increase in number of parties in the parliament will allow them to form factions with at least three members. It doesn't matter whether coalition of seven or eight small factions has a significant political weight, the main things is that there will be a coalition in the parliament, and no party will have an absolute majority.