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 Monday, January 22 2018 14:23
David Stepanyan

Politician: Change of power is the first step in realizing the radical reforms that have arisen in Armenia

Politician: Change of power is the first step in realizing the  radical reforms that have arisen in Armenia

ArmInfo. The shift of power is the first step in realizing the radical reforms that have been long overdue in Armenia. Armen Martirosyan, deputy chairman of the Heritage party, expressed such a view to ArmInfo.

"To achieve the shift of power and subsequently implement such reforms, the activity of civil society is a required precondition, but it is only possible to bring our society into a state of such activity by uniting the opposition." Time has shown that without a unified opposition, the implementation of any serious steps in Armenia is simply impossible. point of view of our party, "he said.

Martirosyan estimated the recent rise in price of fuel and compressed gas as a process that will uniquely affect the population negatively, recalling that the membership of Armenia in the EESP will lead to a rise in price of a number of goods. "Heritage" said even before the country joined the 2013 Customs year union. Problems with income tax will further increase the "shadow" in the economy, which will adversely affect our citizens, primarily on the remnants of the middle class, "the politician said. Martirosyan also said that due to the return of Heritage leader Raffi Hovhannisyan from the United States, a meeting of the party's board will be called within these few days to organize its actions on the eve of April.

The decision to hold meetings until April will be taken as necessary. At the same time, the possibility of uniting the opposition of politicians directly links with the state of society, periodic changes in the geopolitical situation around Armenia.

On January 19, the incumbent President of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, actually announced RA Ambassador to Britain, former Armenian Prime Minister Armen Sargsyan as the candidate of the ruling Republican Party for the presidency of the country. The presidential elections in Armenia will be held on March 2, the president will be elected by the parliament deputies, in which the majority of the mandates belong to the Republican Party of Armenia. Further in April, the new president will appoint a new prime minister from the same RPA.

At a referendum on December 6, 2015, 66.2% of citizens voted "for" making amendments to the Constitution transforming Armenia into a parliamentary republic, in which the real power will be concentrated in the hands of the prime minister. The new president will be deprived of levers of influence on foreign and defense policy. The armed forces will report to the Minister of Defense, and the functions of the supreme commander-in-chief are assigned to the prime minister during the period of military operations. The main candidate for the premier's post from the RPA is its leader Serzh Sargsyan.

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