A well known scenario: Armenia asks US for money “to support democracy”
The Armenian National Committee of America has appealed to the US State Department with a request to allocate $ 140 million for reforms to the new government of Armenia.
“We urge you to immediately consider the allocation of a new grant through the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a decision that will expand the opportunities for our economic partnership and, more broadly, help strengthen the lasting ties of friendship that have long tied the American and Armenian peoples,” the committee said.
Diaspora representatives noted that financial assistance will be directed to the reforms of new head of state, formerly part of the opposition, Nikol Pashinyan, who came to power after a wave of street protests in the country. However, the US has provided Armenia with financial assistance from 2006 to 2011 – more than $ 200 million has been allocated. Given the well known template of “grassroots revolutions” – should the new prime minister be treated with suspicion?
Protests against the election of incumbent Serzh Sargsyan to the post of Prime Minister of Armenia began on April 13, led by Pashinyan. On April 17, he proclaimed the beginning of the “velvet revolution”. On April 23, Sargsyan announced his resignation. On April 30, the leader of the protests became an official candidate for prime minister, and on May 8 the parliament approved his candidacy.