One year on, how do Armenians see their “revolution”?
The euphoria is gone, but not the hope.
Joshua Kucera May 7, 2019
Credit: Prime Minister’s office.
(Armenian Prime Minister’s office)
On May 8, 2018, Nikol Pashinyan was elected prime minister of Armenia, capping off his meteoric rise from backbencher MP to protest leader to the highest office in the country. Armenia had had a difficult 27 years since gaining independence from the Soviet Union and the “Velvet Revolution,” as Pashinyan calls it, gave Armenians a rare occasion for optimism.
One year on, we surveyed Armenians to hear how their lives had changed since then, their assessments of Pashinyan and the new government, and their hopes and fears for the “new Armenia.” The euphoria of one year ago is gone, and doubts about the pace of change are widespread. But even those who have seen little change in their own lives or in Armenia as a whole still see reason for hope.
“He was an activist, now he’s a guy in a suit and a tie.”
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