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December 17, 2006

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Andrew Lambdin-Abraham

I have to wonder how many of them received their posts because they were rich and powerful, compared to became rich and powerful as part of their posts.

Onnik Krikorian

Firstly, welcome to Armenia and glad to stumble upon your blog. Secondly, re. Andrew's comment, it's a combination of both.

i.e. most became rich and powerful after gaining their posts. Now, they retain their power and wealth by holding on to them which is why so much is at stake during elections here and why they are falsified.

Since 2003, however, we've seen an adaptation of this system in that those businessmen who became rich and powerful because of their connection with officials have now entered into parliament to protect their interests.

Actually, in most cases -- particularly in single mandate constituencies -- money is the main factor in determining the outcome of the vote because a) money is needed to bribe part of the electorate and b) money brings power and a gang of big men dressed in leather coats who can intimidate and beat those who don't accept the bribes.

A bit of a generalization perhaps, but pretty much what usually happens during elections in Armenia. Soon you'll get to see it first-hand. ;-)

isabella

offtop:
was googling for snow in yerevan and came accross your blog -) Thanks, loved it !

http://www.eurasianet.org/departments/insight/articles/eav122006.shtml could be of your interest, as the author says: in Dod we trust -))
cheers and merry Christmas !

isabella

offtop:
was googling for snow in yerevan and came accross your blog -) Thanks, loved it !

http://www.eurasianet.org/departments/insight/articles/eav122006.shtml could be of your interest, as the author says: in Dod we trust -))
cheers and merry Christmas !

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