In Charlie Chaplin’s first sound film, filmed in 1940, there is a scene where a man with a liquid comb and mustache with a brush, reveling in his own power, juggles an inflatable globe. After the release of the film, the great comedian became Hitler’s enemy number one, and the picture itself was banned in all satellite countries of Germany.
STRANGE, AT A GLANCE, PARALLEL, but it is this scene from the movie “The Great Dictator” that pops into your head when you watch how we have a personality with a liquid comb and a beard, reveling in his own power, juggling the map of Armenia, trying to change in his favor results of elections to local self-government bodies.
As you know, according to the results of the December 5 elections, the “Civil Contract” only in 15 out of 36 communities can independently, without entering into a coalition with anyone, form local authorities. In the remaining 21 communities, opposition and non-pro-government forces, alone or in a union, have the opportunity to take power into their own hands. And this state of affairs does not suit Pashinyan. He has already mastered the role of a “great dictator”, got a taste for it, finally stopped being shy and longs for absolute power over everyone and everything.
The political field, and the country as a whole, should fully correspond to the ideas of Nicholas, please the eye, remind, figuratively speaking, a French park with trellises extending into the distance, geometrically correct flower beds, perfectly trimmed trees and smooth lawns on which peacocks from the “Civil Agreement” walk …
At the republican level, the creation of a “French park” is progressing quite successfully. Everything is under complete control, and the dedication of the inhabitants is simply off the charts. If Pashinyan converts, for example, to Hinduism, this will immediately provoke a massive filling of trash bins in government offices with pectoral crosses. And the “State Duma” deputies will rush to Swiss and Israeli clinics to grow small trunks for themselves in order to achieve resemblance to the elephant-faced Ganesh, the most popular deity of the Hindu pantheon.
But there are people for whom the power they have is always not enough. They simply cannot live without daily intoxication with power, in a sense resembling a rat endlessly pressing a lever that activates an electrode in its brain. The electrode irritates the “pleasure center”, and at least the grass does not grow for it: it dies of exhaustion in two weeks, but during these two weeks it feels itself much happier than all normal rats.
Let us turn, however, to the situation in a number of communities after the December 5 elections. In Vanadzor, as you know, the Mamikon Aslanyan bloc headed by the former mayor won, gaining 38.7% of the votes. The “GD” – 25.06%, in third place is the Labor Socialist Party with 14.58%. Oppositionists in Vanadzor managed to agree on the formation of a coalition, and on December 17, the Council of Elders was to elect Mamikon Aslanyan to the post of mayor of the city.
BUT ON DECEMBER 15, SUDDENLY, HE WAS SUDDENLY CONSECUTED, charged with abuse of office, abuse of power and official forgery. An inquisitive investigation and pervasive accusation can name any article of the Criminal Code, but it is obvious to everyone: Mamikon Aslanyan was arrested so that he would not become mayor. And the leader of the “Free Democrats” Khachatur Kokobelyan is absolutely right when he said: “I believe that Mamikon Aslanyan was taken prisoner, he is a hostage.”
By the way, in order to prevent the election of Mamikon Aslanyan as mayor at the meeting of the Council of Elders on December 17, the authorities also developed a “backup plan”. The “Bright Armenia” party, which did not overcome the threshold in Vanadzor, protested the results of the elections. This means that the meeting of the Council of Elders would still be postponed until the case is considered by the CEC. And Edmon Marukyan is still offended when he is accused of playing up to the authorities. What is this if not a play-along?
However, Mamikon Aslanyan is not the only winner of the December 5 elections arrested. On December 9, in Vardenis, the opposition blocs Aharon Khachatryan and United Vardenis, headed by former mayor of the city Aram Harutyunyan, announced the creation of a coalition, and it became clear that the GD candidate would not be able to lead the community. And what did the authorities do? Aram Harutyunyan was immediately arrested and detained (today he is in “Nubarashen”), and searches began at Aharon Khachatryan’s.
Arutyun Manucharyan was also detained, who in Berd did not agree to enter into an alliance with the “Civil Agreement” in order to provide the authorities with the necessary 50 + 1 votes.
However, Pashinyan’s arsenal is not limited to arrests alone. New elections will be held in the enlarged Vedi community of Ararat marz, where the government candidate – a well-known crocodile breeding specialist Garik Sargsyan was defeated on December 5. This decision was made by the territorial election commission on the basis of the statements of all candidates from the parties “GD” (39% of the vote) and “Respublika” (16.8%) about the addition of mandates. Of course, the two named forces could have united and bypassed the winner – the “My Strong Community” party led by Spartak Tartikyan, but something did not work. The first number of the list of “Republic” Garik Hakobyan, who even before the elections vowed not to enter into a coalition with anyone, resisted.
New elections will also be held in the Amasia community, where all the candidates for the Council of Elders from the State Duma (the party won 38.84% of the vote) submitted applications for self-rejection. The fact is that the Amasia Arpi bloc (38.27%) and the RPA (22.89%), which refused to form a coalition with the ruling force, could unite and elect a mayor from their own ranks.
In a number of other communities (for example, in Talin), where the “State Duma” does not have the required number of votes to take power into its own hands without forming a coalition, those who have overcome the threshold are under strong pressure from both regional administrations and law enforcement agencies, and criminals … Of course, there are communities where the authorities will not achieve anything (for example, Goris, Kapan and some others), but there is no doubt that in most cases the “efforts” will bear fruit.
And here a completely logical, in our opinion, question arises. If the government in some cases simply arrests unwanted winners, in other cases, having not achieved what they want, appoint new elections, in third cases force those who have overcome the passing barrier to enter into unions with it, then why hold elections at all? Only in order to legitimize local authorities?
But such elections can be compared to swimming in a pool. Here is “GD” – he has strength, unlimited possibilities. He looks down on the adjacent paths, as far as possible in the water. Nearby, like an armadillo, the “Republic” of Aram Zavenovich cuts through imaginary waves. Pretends to conquer the ocean. Having reached the side, it turns over and swims back in the same manner. “Bright Armenia” waves his hands the same way in any weather, in an open and closed pool, in a river, in a pond. And Arman Babajanyan walks along the side in stunning imported swimming trunks. But he does not climb into the water – he cannot swim. Sometimes, unexpectedly for everyone, Samvel Babayan’s Liberal Party leaps into the water like a soldier, spraying everyone …
In this rather varied picture, only one detail confuses. There will be no spectator. Will go away. And there will be power alone to sit in the manure and smell the rose. And Pashinyan, I think, is still so happy early. As Sofoli said, you have to wait until evening to understand how wonderful the day was.
Gagik Mkrtchyan, “The Voice of Armenia”