Raffi's latest demands include the immediate handing over of five state institutions to his discretion, including the National Security Service, Prosecutor's Office, Foreign Ministry (deja vu?), Tax/Customs, and more. With all due respect to Raffi's popularity (wrapped around the populist rhetoric), someone needs to bring him back to earth. There is a reason why so few of the independent young free-thinking citizen of Yerevan are supporting Raffi. Because after the euphoria of greeting each other and chanting happy slogans wears off, there is a managerial, operational question that Raffi should answer for the people. What is his plan forward? A reckless, destabilizing, and unfounded power-grab makes it look like he views this whole political exercise like a board-game.
I am getting more concerned that the destabilizing effect will overwhelm whatever possible benefit this irrational standoff may otherwise bring forward.
If in fact he is this confident in his popularity, he should win "80%" of the Yerevan municipal elections, organize his team to be as vigilant as possible to minimize the vote fraud, and generate greater moral cache. Otherwise, he will demonstrate that he entered yet another political struggle unprepared...one more feather in the Cap of Management Inability.