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 Tuesday, September 6 2016

Marianna Mkrtchyan

Political expert: Armenian society needs strong, charismatic leaders  with radical political views    

Political expert: Armenian society needs strong, charismatic leaders  with radical political views    

ArmInfo. The Armenian society needs strong, charismatic leaders with radical political views, Deputy Director of the Caucasus Institute Sergey Minasyan said at a press conference in Yerevan on September 6.     

He said the need is dictated by the public sentiments the country  witnessed during the July events (seizure of a police compound in  Yerevan by Sasna Tsrer (Daredevils of Sassoon) group - editor's  note). At the same time, the expert is convinced that the processes  inside the country were sparked by the actions of the authorities,  which marginalized the political forces of the country in all  possible and impossible ways. "I am sure in a month Armenia will see  interesting processes, because the election campaign will kick off.  All political forces will try to take part in these processes one way  or another," Minasyan said, noting that in his latest interview the  second president of Armenia Robert Kocharyan touched on the Karabakh  peace process and the actions of the Sasna Tsrer group. 

The expert thinks Kocharyan's interview was well-timed, because he  was able to wait for the dust to settle, and expressed his clear  viewpoint about these two important issues for the Armenian society.   

Minasyan pointed out that the upcoming parliamentary elections to be  held in spring 2017 will be of much significance in the light of the  constitutional reforms. The expert thinks some political coalitions  may be set up to achieve certain results. "Today, in the post-Soviet  space we see various political forces consolidating around technical  mechanisms to achieve specific goals rather than around a common  ideology. We see such examples in Armenia, too," he said. 

To note, in December 2015 a constitutional referendum was held in  Armenia and the country switched to a parliamentary form of  government. As a matter of fact, a new head of the state will be  elected during the parliamentary elections of 2017. 

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