Armenian National Congress
|Armenian National Congress
Հայ Ազգային Կոնգրես
|Politics of Armenia
The Armenian National Congress (Armenian: Հայ Ազգային Կոնգրես, Hay Azgayin Kongres) is a coalition of 13 opposition parties in the Republic of Armenia led by former President Levon Ter-Petrosyan and formed in 2008. Its direct predecessor was the Pan-Armenian National Movement.
It is often abbreviated as ՀԱԿ HAK, in keeping with its Armenian spelling, but it is occasionally referred to as ANC in English-language media, including in its official website.
Formation and goals
The website of the Armenian National Congress lists five main goals:
• The immediate release of all political prisoners.
• Attaining complete freedom of speech, access to media, and assembly.
• Truly independent investigation of the crimes of March 1 with the significant participation of International experts.
• Initiation of a dialogue with the authorities about democratic reforms after the fulfillment of at least the first condition.
• Holding of pre-term presidential and parliamentary elections.—Armenian National Congress, official website
During the 2011 Armenian protests, the HAK played a major role in organizing demonstrations and pushing for the government of President Serzh Sargsyan, who defeated Ter-Petrosyan in the 2008 election, to accept the demands of protesters. The death of 10 supporters of Ter-Petrosyan as a result of protests that followed Sargsyan's disputed victory are a major rallying point for protesters.
2012 parliamentary election
- "Ter-Petrosyan: Congress suggests following Constitution instead of preaching "ethno-religious ideology"". ArmeniaNow. 6 December 2010. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
- "Declaration on The Creation of the Armenian National Congress". Armenian National Congress.
- "Armenia's opposition ANC holds rally on Liberty Square again". People's Daily Online. 9 April 2011. Retrieved 25 April 2011.
- "Stepan Safaryan urges to stop Heritage-ANC confrontation". PanArmenian. 12 April 2011. Retrieved 25 April 2011.