ArmInfo. Opposition blocs "Elk" and "Tsarukyan" can not come to a consensus on the issue of consolidating around a single presidential candidate.
As the head of the Elk faction Nikol Pashinyan stated in a conversation with journalists, they sent a letter to the leadership of Tsarukyan bloc with a proposal to hold political consultations around the nomination of a single presidential candidate. "Meanwhile, they say that they did not receive our letter in the bloc, but that's not true, I myself saw the letter in the hands of the secretary of the Tsarukyan bloc Vahe Enfiadjian," Pashinyan said, while stressing that the "Elk" bloc, during the voting of candidates for certain positions, the preference was given to representatives from the Tsarukyan bloc in order to strengthen the opposition's position in the parliament. Today, not to nominate a candidate for the post of president from the opposition, means giving the head of the ruling Republican Party," Pashinyan said, practically excluding the possibility that the RPA will be able to nominate a candidate for the post of president, supported by the bloc "Elk". "Elk" bloc earlier announced the nomination of the deputy, participant of the Karabakh war Artak Zeynalyan for the post of the president and appealed to the "Tsarukyan" bloc to make a single candidate.
Meanwhile, the leader of the "Tsarukyan" bloc Gagik Tsarukyan said earlier that the bloc does not intend to nominate a candidate for the post of president of the country, since he does not have a majority in the parliament, and he does not like losing. Meanwhile, the ruling Republican Party stated that it will nominate such a figure who has authority, has weight and a trace in the formation of Armenian statehood. The RPA will begin discussions on the candidacy of the president from this week. Today, the head of the RPA faction Vahram Baghdasaryan said that the presidential elections will be held, most likely, on March 2. Meanwhile, according to the reformed Constitution, the new president should elect a parliament of 3/5 votes, he should be non-partisan. If the candidate does not get the required number of votes in the first round, the threshold for voting will be reduced. The powers of the incumbent Armenian president expire on April 9. The new president can be elected from February 28 to March 10.