My Step Alliance
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The My Step Alliance (Armenian: «Իմ Քայլը» դաշինք; Im Kaylə dashink’) is a political alliance formed by the Civil Contract party, the Mission Party and various independent representatives of civil society. It was formed in August 2018, before the 2018 Yerevan City Council election. The leader of the alliance is the Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan.
On 31 March, at the beginning of the 2018 Armenian revolution, Nikol Pashinyan and a group of supporters began a march from Gyumri, Armenia's second largest city. The campaign, named "My Step", was declared with the intention to prevent Sargsyan's election as prime minister on 17 April.
The coalition is perceived as maintaining a big tent ideology rather then supporting any one particular political position. The coalition's main focus is on anti-corruption efforts while developing Armenia's civil society and democracy and promoting the economic development of the country. However, Nikol Pashinyan has been described as a centrist politician with a liberal outlook. In terms of foreign policy, before coming to power, Pashinyan was a skeptic of Russia. However, following his victory, Pashinyan changed his official opinion and opted to maintain strong relations between Armenia and Russia. Despite this, Pashinyan also supports the development of bilateral relations with the European Union and the United States.
The alliance is composed of the following parties, as well as some independents.
|Civil Contract||Liberal||Center||Nikol Pashinyan|
|Mission Party||Liberal||Center||Manuk Sukiasyan|
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Yerevan City Council elections
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- Avinyan, Tigran (23 November 2018). "Այսօր իրականում 23.11.18" (in Armenian). Armenian Public TV.
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Pashinyan and his circle are generally perceived in Armenia as representatives of the liberal-democratic wing.
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In reality, the pledges of his government have shown the new regime to be firmly within the tradition of European liberalism: promising free, fair, and transparent elections, alongside the dismantling of corrupt state structures and economic monopolies and their replacement with meritocratic institutions and market mechanisms.
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...the centrist My Step Alliance, which includes Mr Pashinyan's Civil Contract Party...
- "Armenia PM's bloc takes lead in snap parliamentary polls: early results". Agence France-Presse. 10 December 2018.
The centrist My Step bloc also includes the Mission Party headed by rights activist Manuk Sukiasyan.
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- Armenia acting PM: We most likely will run in snap parliamentary election with My Step alliance
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