In response to Armenia’s long-time leader Serzh Sargsyan removing himself from consideration as Prime Minister after 11 days of expanding public protests against his staying in power, Freedom House made the following statement: 

“Armenians have been able to hold the country’s most powerful political figure accountable through public demonstrations, an event significant for the entire region,” said Marc Behrendt, director of Europe and Eurasia programs at Freedom House. “Sargsyan’s decision to abide by his promise not to compete for continued leadership of the country shows that change is possible despite the concentration of power in the hands of a small circle of political figures and businessmen closely allied with them. It is a source of hope for citizens in neighboring countries, where leaders have sought to preserve a monopoly of power for their families and enterprises controlled by close allies.”

Armenia is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2018, Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2017, Partly Free in Freedom on the Net 2017, and receives a Democracy Score of 5.43, on a scale of 1 to 7, with 7 as the worst possible score, in Nations in Transit 2018.

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