Way Out Alliance

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Way Out Alliance
«Ելք» դաշինք
Leader Edmon Marukyan
Nikol Pashinyan
Aram Sargsyan
Founded December 12, 2016 (2016-12-12)
Merger of Bright Armenia
Civil Contract
Republic
Ideology Liberalism[1]
Pro-Europeanism
Anti-EAEU[2][3]
Political position Centre[4]
Colors      Orange
National Assembly
9 / 105
Yerevan City Council
14 / 65

The "Way Out" Alliance (Armenian: «Ելք» դաշինք, ԵԼՔ; "YELQ" Dashinq, YELQ) or "Yelq" Alliance or simply "Yelq" or "Way Out" is a liberal political party alliance in Armenia. It was formed by the merger of Civil Contract, Bright Armenia and Republic political parties on 12 December, 2016[5], before 2017 Armenian parliamentary election. The leaders are Edmon Marukyan (leader of "Bright Armenia" party), Nikol Pashinyan (leader of "Civil Contract" party) and Aram Sargsyan (leader of "Republic" party and former Prime Minister of Armenia for a short time, 6 months in 1999-2000).

Ideology[edit]

The "Way Out" Alliance's ideology is based on liberalism; in terms of foreign relations of Armenia, the alliance states that Armenia's decision to join Eurasian Economic Union was wrong and had negative impact on the country. The alliance proposed to renegotiate with EU on signing the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement.[6]

Electoral record[edit]

Parliamentary elections[edit]

On 2 April 2017 the alliance participated in 2017 Armenian parliamentary election with Edmon Marukyan as the leader of the alliance and won 9 seats out of 105 in National Assembly.

Election Votes  % Seats Government
2017 122,049 7.78
9 / 105
No

Local elections[edit]

Yerevan City Council elections[edit]

After parliamentary elections it participated in 2017 Yerevan City Council election. The alliance's candidate for the Mayor of Yerevan was Nikol Pashinyan[7], however the alliance won only 14 seats out of 65 in Yerevan City Council and Nikol Pashinyan gave up his mandate of City Council and continued his work in National Assembly as a MP[8][9].

Election Mayor candidate Votes %

Seats in City Council

2017
Nikol Pashinyan
70,730
21%
14 / 65

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