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 Friday, March 9 2018 14:24
Ani Mshetsyan

Opposition in Armenia cannot be consolidated over  initiative to hold  protest actions against possible premiership of Serzh Sargsyan

Opposition in Armenia cannot be consolidated over  initiative to hold  protest actions against possible premiership of Serzh Sargsyan

ArmInfo. On March 10, a protest action against Serzh Sargsyan's premiership, organized by the hero of the Karabakh war under arrest, Zhirayr Sefilyan, "The Front for the Salvation of Armenia", will be held on "Liberty" Square in Yerevan.

The organizers of the action do not yet know what outcome it will  have, whether it will grow into mass, permanent rallies and  processions or not. "Everything will depend on the will and activity  of the people," representatives of the initiative group noted. They  also found it difficult to say which of the opposition forces will  join them, and ex-Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan and ex-Foreign  Minister Vardan Oskanian will participate in the rallies.

Unambiguously, Heritage Party announced its intention to take part in  the Saturday rally. The chairman of the party, Armen Martirosyan, in  a conversation with the correspondent of ArmInfo, in particular,  stated that the opposition's struggle should be directed not only  against Serzh Sargsyan, but also the ruling system as a whole. "The  system of government in Armenia is regressive, it is anti-democratic  and destroys the will and rights of our citizens." It is necessary to  shift power and carry out radical reforms to change the situation in  the country, "Martirosyan said. He also noted that the success of  such protests primarily depends on the will of the people and their  desires. "If the citizens of Armenia can unite in a united front and  jointly oppose the authorities, we will be able to achieve success,  otherwise, without our compatriots' support, nothing will come of us,  as we know, one in the field is not a warrior," concluded the  chairman "Heritage".

In turn, the leader of the Yerkir Tsirani party, Zaruhi Postanjyan,  noted that she can not join the protest, since she is going to  Syunik. "For me, first and foremost, it is important to promote the  program of our party, so now we're going to Syunik for the promotion  of our opposition movement. Of course, I support all kinds of protest  against the authorities in Armenia. However, I can not say whether  they would be effective>, - concluded Postanjyan.

MP from the bloc "Yelk", member of the "Education of Armenia" Mane  Tandilyan stated that the discussions in the block with respect to  participation in Saturday's rally was not. "Perhaps some members of  the bloc will take part in the protest, but we did not hold  discussions on this issue," Tandilyan said.  Meanwhile, the head of  the faction bloc "Yelk" Nikol Pashinyan, one of the first stated the  need to fight against a possible prime minister, Serzh Sargsyan and  promised to come to the square "Freedom", even if it has not will  join other opposition figures and forces, and he will be subject to  the same persecution, as well as after the 2008 rallies.

Another representative of the radical opposition, the deputy chairman  of the party Armenian National Congress Aram Manuyan, who along with  his party members have repeatedly stated the need to consolidate  against the authorities and Serzh Sargsyan, in particular, did not  want to "overshadow" their leisure time, in response to political  issues. As Manukyan told ArmInfo correspondent, he is behind the city  and does not want to discuss working issues on a day off. It turns  out that the struggle with the authorities of the ANC only realizes  on working days, and on weekend "criminal activity of the regime"  does not concern radical oppositionists.

It should be noted that at present the organizers of the rally are  negotiating with representatives of various parties for the purpose  of universal consolidation.

In 2014, before the constitutional referendum on Armenia's transition  to a parliamentary form of government, Serzh Sargsyan promised not to  claim the post of prime minister after the expiry of the presidential  term if the draft law of the Basic Law was passed. However, at  present the representatives of the Republican Party do not hide their  intention to initiate the process of Serzh Sargsyan's premiership.  And in private conversations, high-ranking members of the RPA and the  government claim that this is already a settled issue.  

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