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Should we throw stones at the Armenian government?

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The Republic of Armenia is going through a political crisis. There are serious contradictions between Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan's and other representatives of the government, leaders of political parties.

The moves and statements of the prime minister, various ministers and other government officials in government are being increasingly criticized.

For a assessment of the actions of the authorities, it is necessary to take into account that the current leadership of Armenia faces challenges that do not affect the country's overcoming the political and socio-economic crisis. Generously rewarding ministers for loyalty and minimization of corruption risks against the background of a significant reduction in incomes of the population and a decrease in economic activity, the leadership of the republic burdens the budget, that is not ready for such loads. In turn, the return to the former authorities is a betrayal of the revolution.

Another intractable challenge is the problem of operating the Amulsar field. Environmentalists and ordinary citizens are concerned that the operation of the mine may lead to the pollution of groundwater in Jermuk and Lake Sevan, causing an ecological disaster. At the same time, due to the economic crisis, the mining industry has become the basis of the economy, on which the budget replenishment depends. By operating the mine, the government will lose the support of a large number of protesters in early August, including members of NGOs such as the Helsinki Association of Armenia. The closure of the mine will have a negative impact on the investment attractiveness of the republic, as well as on is relations with European partners who financed the project for the development of the deposit. Now, as part of the mining company's restructuring process, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development says its investment in the flagship project is finished.

The leadership of Armenia does not benefit in any case from any outcome of the situation. By the way, for a number of objective and subjective reasons, the volume of investments tends to a historical minimum. The issue that baffles the leadership of the republic is the definition of the dominant vector of foreign policy. Here it is worth considering not only regional issues, but also the growing confrontation between China and the United States, which is gradually pushing out all other issues from the international agenda, directly or indirectly subordinating their content. The world countries are increasingly thinking about their role in the context of this conflict. Armenia is not an exception. Washington now has much more influence over Yerevan than Beijing. This influence often grows into pressure. Nevertheless, it is not easy to predict the outcome of Armenia's choice. Political unrest is inevitable. However, the independent activists protesting against certain ministers, decisions, laws should take into account circumstances beyond the control of Prime Minister Pashinyan and his team, which is not an easy task to overcome. The slogans of the Republican Party of Armenia about the need for a complete change of power are aimed at attracting attention to its ranks of those who are now in a difficult situation.

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