Opposition Talks: Edmon Marukyan of Bright Armenia Party (Ep. 36) [EP36]

Posted on Wednesday, Dec 23, 2020 | Series: COG

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Following the trilateral Karabakh ceasefire of Nov 9, all major political forces in Armenia (except for the ruling party) condemned Nikol Pashinyanโ€™s agreement to the deal. While the dissatisfaction with the agreement is widespread, the opposition is not entirely unified on what to do next.

Weโ€™ll talk with the leader of one of the 2 parliamentary opposition factions, Bright Armenia about his, and his partyโ€™s vision and subsequent actions to be taken by Armenia.

What is Bright Armeniaโ€™s vision for post November, Armenia? Listen to this podcast to find out.

Today’s guest is:

Edmon Marukyan, who is an Armenian lawyer and Member of National Assembly. Edmon holds two Masterโ€™s Degrees, one in Jurisprudence from the Public Administration Academy of Armenia and the second one in Law (LL.M.) with concentration in International Human Rights Law from the University of Minnesota Law School. In December 2015, Marukyan established the Bright Armenia Political Party and in October 2016, Bright Armenia participated in local-self- government elections of Vanadzor and came in second after the ruling party. In December 2016, in cooperation with โ€œCivic Contractโ€ and โ€œRepublicโ€ parties, โ€œBright Armeniaโ€ formed a political coalition named โ€œWay Outโ€ (or Yelq), electing Edmon Marukyan to lead the proportional list of the Coalition in parliamentary elections of April 2, 2017. The โ€œWay Outโ€ Coalition came in third out of four political powers forming the new Parliament. In the snap elections of December 2018, after the dissolution of parliament following the Velvet Revolution, in which 11 political powers took part, Bright Armenia Party, led by Marukyan came in third, taking 18 seats out of 132. Currently Edmon Marukyan leads the Bright Armenia Faction in the National Assembly of Armenia.


  • Position on the causes of the war & Nov. 9 ceasefire?
  • Why BA has not joined Movement for Salvation of Homeland?
  • Popular support for opposition protests
  • BA commonality and differences with โ€œThe 17โ€
  • Electoral reform and snap election proposal by government
  • BAโ€™s vision of Armenia for the next 5-10 years

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Show Notes

Show Notes


Edmon Marukyan

Edmon Marukyan

Edmon Marukyan, who is a lawyer by profession and the leader of the Bright Armenia party (ิผีธึ‚ีฝีกีพีธึ€ ี€ีกีตีกีฝีฟีกีถ). He was a member of the fifth, sixth and seventh convocations of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia from 2012 till 2021. Heโ€™s also a member of the newly formed commission to amend the constitution.

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