Armenia: Ethnic Minorities Gain a Voice in Parliament

MP Knyaz Hasanov (center), representing Armenia’s minority Kurdish population, chairs the new parliament’s inaugural session on May 18 under a tradition giving the oldest member that honor. (Photo: Armenian Presidential Press Service)

Armenia is the most ethnically homogeneous of all the post-Soviet states. But it has become a pioneer in the Caucasus by being the first country in the region to offer guaranteed parliamentary representation to its minority communities.
 

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Maxim Edwards is a writer and commissioning editor at openDemocracy Russia (oDR).

Armenia: Ethnic Minorities Gain a Voice in Parliament

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