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ⓘ Sasna Tsrer Pan-Armenian Party




Sasna Tsrer Pan-Armenian Party
                                     

ⓘ Sasna Tsrer Pan-Armenian Party

Sasna Tsrer is an Armenian national conservative political party that was founded in September 2018 in the wake of the countrys Velvet Revolution. Sasna Tsrer was previously a radical opposition to pro-Russian regime under rule of Serzh Sargsyan and his Republican Party of Armenia, 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 partys key figures. The party intends to set up a sister party in the Republic of Artsakh. Sasna Tsrer participated in the 2018 parliamentary elections, 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.

                                     

1. Organization

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

                                     

2. Ideology

At times, Sasna Tser has been portrayed as extremist nationalists. 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. Sasna Tser staunchly opposed Armenias former ruling party, the Republican Party. The strategic goal of the party is to unite Armenians in Armenia and abroad, ensure the sustainability of the Armenian nation and its global influence.

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. The party calls for the immediate withdrawal of Russian soldiers from Armenia and the closure of the Russian 102nd Military Base in Gyumri.

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.