ՀԱՅԱՍՏԱՆ « HAJASTAN »
— Officially: Հայաստանի Հանրապետություն « Hajastani Hanrapetout‛joun ».
— English: Armenia.
— Seat of government: Երեվան « Erevan ».
— Status: Democratic, but questionable.
— Structure: The president is elected directly, and heads the government. The National Assembly is elected through geographical constituencies and party-list proportional representation. The prime minister is appointed by the president, but must maintain the confidence of the Assembly.
— Governing parties: Հայաստանի Հանրապետական Կուսակցություն « Hajastani Hanrapetakan Kousakc‛out‛joun »; Բարգավաճ Հայաստանի Կուսակցություն « Bargavač Hajastani Kousakc‛out‛joun »; Օրինաց Երկիր « Ōrinac‛ Erikr ».
— Heads of government: Սերժ Սարգսյան « Serž Sargsjan », ՀՀԿ « HHK », president; Հովիկ Աբրահամյան « Hovik Abrahamjan », ՀՀԿ « HHK », prime minister.
— Other parliamentary parties: Հայ Ազգային Կոնգրես « Haj Azgajin Kongres »; Հայ Յեղափոխական Դաշնակցութիւն « Haj Jeğap‛oxakan Dašnakc‛out‛iun »; Ժառանգություն « Žařangout‛joun ».
— Assessment: Includes the province de facto of Արցախ « Arc‛ax », a Հայ « Haj »-inhabited territory that broke away from Azərbaycan immediately upon independence in 1991. In the 2003 presidential election, incumbent Ռոբերտ Քոչարյան « Řobert K‛oč‛arjan » officially defeated Ստեպան Դեմիրճյան « Stepan Demirčjan » in two rounds of voting, but international observers reported ballot-stuffing. Subsequent parliamentary elections that year were also flawed by irregularities. Prime minister Անդրանիկ Մարգարյան « Andranik Margarjan » (2000-7) died in office, succeeded by Սերժ Սարգսյան « Serž Sargsjan », who held the office until elected president, when he was succeeded by Տիգրան Սարգսյան « Tigran Sargsjan » (2008-14). Parties in support of the government won the 2007 parliamentary and 2008 presidential elections; the opposition disputed the outcome in both cases, but international observers largely endorsed it. In 2012, the ՀՀԿ « HHK » won an absolute majority in parliament. Աբրահամյան « Abrahamjan » became prime minister in 2014. In recent years, Հայաստան « Hajastan » has been drifting towards Россия, in small part because Western integration was distant and unlikely, but in large part for support in maintaining control of Արցախ « Arc‛ax ».
— FH: 6-4, partly free (not democratic); 5-5, partly free (for Արցախ « Arc‛ax »). Econ: 4.09 (113), hybrid.
— Updated: 2014 November 19.
 

O.T. FORD