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Former Café de Paris Owner: "Next month's presidential election is bogus"

Valerie Gordzunian, the former owner of the Café de Paris in Yerevan who is now back in France, told Hetq that French-Armenians are following the presidential election campaign in Armenia with great interest.

“We know everything about elections in Armenia. What will take place next month isn’t a real election. Serzh Sargsyan will become president again since he has no competition. They removed Vardan Oskanian from the running. Everyone knows it,” said Gordzunian.

The businesswoman said that Armenians in France are more concerned about their own problems and pay little attention to those of Armenia.

“Armenians have become a bit sick and it shows everywhere. Believe me, it’s a sign of impending danger for our future.”

Gordzunian stated that the diaspora’s main issue remains the recognition of the genocide.

“Everyone knows that the oligarchs rule in Armenia. Those concerned understand that there is no democracy in the country. The diaspora thinks that people in Armenia must fix their country themselves. But what are the people in Armenia doing? No one knows that better than you.”

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Comments (7)
1. Tlkatintsi23:10 - 21 January, 2013
I don't understand Gordzunian's logic. On the one hand she states - "“We know everything about elections in Armenia." Then she states - "...Armenians in France are more concerned about their own problems and pay little attention to those of Armenia." So which one is it? How can they know everything about elections in Armenia if they pay little attention to issues there?
2. Kevin02:49 - 23 January, 2013
There isn't anything ambiguous about what she said. 1. French Armenian have a lot of issues to deal with themselves, thus they are not involved in Armenia's day-to-day politics (not that the government of Armenia invited them to) 2. Just because of 1 above it does not mean they don't know or understand what is going on in their mother country, in fact they are well aware, most likely through contacts with family members and friends.
3. Fred23:34 - 23 January, 2013
To Tlkatintsi: Even "little attention" is enough to see and understand that in Armenia everything is upside down.
4. Pierre08:36 - 24 January, 2013
I've heard it all before. People say they know EVERYTHING about Armenia but have never been there. Like they have crystal balls or something. Most of their so-called information is general hearsay and speculation. If they really knew what was going on, they'd get up and decide to fix the situation. That is if they see themselves as concerned Armenians.
5. Մլեհ13:02 - 25 January, 2013
Հա՞յ էք: Հայերէ՛ն գրեցէք Ձեր մտքի "գոհարները":
6. vni16:33 - 25 January, 2013
Մլեհ eli cecvac temajov temajic durs drecir ? drsum aproxi hamar hayeren grele dzvar e....
7. ss19:36 - 25 January, 2013
well this person has a moral right to be disappointed after having become legally robbed in Armenia.
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