ARFD’s only problem is its inability to abandon the composition of leaders who have already lost a number of elections including those of Council of Elders of Yerevan and presidential elections. Though changing defeated leaders is an old tendency, Vahan Hovhannisyan, who ran for president in 2008, tops ARFD electoral list.
As for the rotation of the rest of members in the list, it is not the first time; they experienced it long ago.
Iskandaryan: I deem the ARFD list quite expected. This kind of policy is traditional for the party. As for updating the party list, it requires work. The first part of the list is the most important, the part which is sure to make it to the parliament.
As for ARFD leaders’ statement that only they have specified figures in their election program, it may be recalled only in case of gaining parliamentary majority, i.e. coming to power, which will keep them accountable for whatever they have achieved or failed to achieve. However, as it poses no threat to them, these words won’t be put into action.
Iskandaryan: The program of ARF Dashnaktsutyun differs from those of other parties in several ways. It reflects on the Armenian-Turkish issue. Though I wouldn’t consider it topical for the current political reality, it conveys certain significance for attracting the nationalistic electorate.
Iskandaryan: I attribute ARFD to those parties that have vested chances to make it to the next parliament. Though they are unlikely to gain majority, they will doubtlessly overcome the 5% barrier.
Perhaps, ARF Dashnaktsutyun is the only party with specific ideology that is likely to gain seats in the next parliament. It is one of the few, if not the only party which has not been personalized. It has over a century old image and an ideological bloc. In this respect, Dashnaktsutyun possesses quite standard electorate; it garners votes for the image, ideological and even the mental complex it has.