Way Out Alliance

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Way Out Alliance
«Ելք» դաշինք
Leader Edmon Marukyan
Nikol Pashinyan
Aram Sargsyan
Founded 12 December 2016 (2016-12-12)
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; YELK Dashink, YELQ) or Yelk Alliance or simply Yelk or Way Out is a liberal political alliance of three political parties in Armenia: the Civil Contract party, Bright Armenia party and Republic party. It was formed on 12 December 2016[5], before the 2017 Armenian parliamentary election. Its leaders are Edmon Marukyan (leader of Bright Armenia), Nikol Pashinyan (leader of Civil Contract, Prime Minister of Armenia) and Aram Sargsyan (leader of Republic and former Prime Minister for six months in 1999-2000).

History[edit]

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

After parliamentary elections the party participated in the 2017 Yerevan City Council election. The alliance's candidate for the Mayor of Yerevan was Nikol Pashinyan,[6] however the alliance won only 14 seats out of 65 in the Yerevan City Council and Nikol Pashinyan gave up his mandate of City Council and continued his work in National Assembly as a MP.[7][8]

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 a negative impact on the country. The alliance proposed to renegotiate with the EU on signing the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement.[9]

Composition[edit]

Party Leader
Civil Contract (KP) Nikol Pashinyan
Bright Armenia (LH) Edmon Marukyan
Republic (H) Aram Sargsyan

Electoral record[edit]

Parliamentary elections[edit]

Election Votes % Seats Government
2017 122,049 7.78
9 / 105
Opposition (2017-2018)
Government (2018-)

Local elections[edit]

Yerevan City Council elections[edit]

Election Mayor candidate Votes % Seats in City Council
2017
Nikol Pashinyan
70,730
21%
14 / 65

References[edit]