YEREVAN (Eurasianet)–A poll in Armenia indicates that the country’s leading opposition figure faces an uphill struggle to become mayor of the capital Yerevan.
Former president Levon Ter-Petrosian heads the country’s main opposition party, the Armenia National Congress. Seeking to gain leverage against the incumbent administration of President Serzh Sarkisian, the Armenian National Congress is pouring considerable resources into Yerevan’s upcoming municipal elections on May 31.
Early polling data indicate that it will gain 35 percent support in the city elections–a strong showing, but not enough to meet the opposition party’s goal of making Ter-Petrosian mayor. To be in a position to do that, the party would have to capture an outright majority of the city vote. If it falls short, it will be up to the City Council to determine who serves as mayor.
Experts say it would be unlikely that Ter-Petrosian could find enough support in the council to become mayor.