The Economist has named Armenia its country of the year.
“The ‘country of the year’ award goes not to the most influential nation, nor to the richest, nor to the one with the tastiest food,” the paper writes.
It notes that the award celebrates progress and goes to the country that has improved the most in the past 12 months.
It was a tricky choice, but in the end, the choice came down to three countries – Malaysia, Ethiopia and Armenia.
The president, Serzh Sargsyan, tried to dodge term limits by making himself into an executive prime minister.
The Economist reminds that the streets in Armenia erupted in protest after former President Serzh Sargsyan became the country’s Prime Minister.
“Pashinyan, a charismatic and bearded former journalist and MP, was swept into power, legally and properly, on a wave of revulsion against corruption and incompetence. His new party alliance won 70% of the vote in a subsequent election,” the paper writes.
The article notes the dispute with Azerbaijan has not been resolved and could ignite again.
“However, an ancient and often misruled nation in a turbulent region has a chance of democracy and renewal. For that reason, Armenia is our country of the year. Shnorhavorum yem!” The Economist concludes.