Sasna Tsrer Pan-Armenian Party

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Sasna Tsrer Pan-Armenian Party

Սասնա Ծռեր
LeaderVaruzhan Avetisyan
SpokespersonVahagn Avagyan
FoundedSeptember 29, 2018 (2018-09-29)
HeadquartersYerevan
IdeologyNational conservatism
Anti-Russian
Anti-EAEU
Anti-CSTO
Pro-Europeanism
Pro-Western
Political positionRight-wing to far-right[1]
International affiliationNone
Slogan"It's Time"[2]
National Assembly
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Website
sasnatzrer.org
Original logo of the organization

Sasna Tsrer (Armenian: Սասնա Ծռեր Sasna Tsřer) is an Armenian national conservative political party that was founded in September 2018 in the wake of the country's Velvet Revolution.[3] Sasna Tsrer was previously a radical opposition to pro-Russian regime under rule of Serzh Sargsyan and his Republican Party of Armenia,[4] whose activities culminated in the 2016 Yerevan hostage crisis. The party later renounced violence. Jirair Sefilian, a veteran of the Nagorno-Karabakh war, is one of the party's key figures. The party intends to set up a sister party in the Republic of Artsakh.[5] Sasna Tsrer participated in the 2018 parliamentary elections,[6] but received only 1.82% of the votes. As this was lower than the 5% minimum threshold required, the party failed to gain any representation in the National Assembly.

Name[edit]

The party's name is taken from an Armenian heroic epic poem Daredevils of Sassoun (Sasna Tsrer in Armenian).

Organization[edit]

The party is led by a seven member secretariat: Garegin Chugaszyan, Alexander Yenikomshian, Gevorg Safaryan, Vahagn Avagyan, Arek Kyureghyan, Ruzan Yeghnukyan and Varuzhan Avetisyan.[1]

Ideology[edit]

At times, Sasna Tser has been portrayed as extremist nationalists.[7] De-facto party leader Jirair Sefilyan supports the creation of a United Armenia. They explicitly call for unification of the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) with Armenia.[8] Sasna Tser staunchly opposed Armenia's former ruling party, the Republican Party.[9] The strategic goal of the party is to unite Armenians in Armenia and abroad, ensure the sustainability of the Armenian nation and it's global influence.[10][11]

The parties foreign policy is strongly anti-Russian, with its manifesto calling for the “liberation of Armenia from Russian colonial rule” and the withdrawal from Russian-led organizations including the Eurasian Economic Union, the Collective Security Treaty Organisation and the CIS.[9] The party calls for the immediate withdrawal of Russian soldiers from Armenia and the closure of the Russian 102nd Military Base in Gyumri.[12]

The party advocates for establishing strategic alliances with the United States and Iran and building closer cooperation with the European Union, Ukraine, Georgia, China and India.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b New Dynamics Injected into Armenia’s Political Scene
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Jirair Sefilyan: "Sasna Dzrer Political Party Will be Cornerstone of the New Armenia" - Hetq - News, Articles, Investigations". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  4. ^ "Yerevan: Sasna Tsrer Movement Morphs Into Political Party - Hetq - News, Articles, Investigations". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  5. ^ "Sasna Tsrer establishing party in Karabakh". news.am. Retrieved 2018-10-26.
  6. ^ "Eleven Political Parties Register For Armenia's Parliamentary Elections". RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty. Retrieved 2018-11-15.
  7. ^ Elliott, Raffi (19 November 2018). "Is Armenia Really Post-Ideological?". Armenian Weekly.
  8. ^ Sukiasyan, Luiza (17 November 2018). ""Արցախը միավորել ՀՀ-ին". "Սասնա ծռեր" կուսակցությունը կգործի նաեւ Արցախում" (in Armenian).
  9. ^ a b Azadian, Edmond Y. (2018-10-04). "New Dynamics Injected into Armenia's Political Scene - The Armenian Mirror-Spectator". The Armenian Mirror-Spectator. Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  10. ^ "General Policies". Sasna Tsrer. 23 July 2019.
  11. ^ "Declaration". Sasna Tsrer. 23 July 2019.
  12. ^ [2]
  13. ^ "Program". Sasna Tsrer. 23 July 2019.