ArmInfo. The problems existingin Armenia today significantly exceed the plans of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to steer the country out of the current situation. Directorof the Caucasus Institute in Yerevan, Alexander Iskandaryan, expressed a similar opinion to ArmInfo.
The Prime Minister's "conditional" roadmap, generally speaking, is a compilation of two different elements subjected to be implemented. The point is that post-war problems have been added to the existing social problems that need to be solved, and immediately, just to return the country to normal life>, he stressed.
on November 18, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced his intention to carry out full-scale reforms in the country. Considering himself the main responsible for the current situation, he stressed that the responsibility to get out of it is also his responsibility.
The following are among the immediate tasks of the government: the resumption of the peace process in the format of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs with an emphasis on the status of Artsakh and the priority of returning the people of Artsakh to their places of residence. Restoring normal life in Artsakh, residential and public buildings and infrastructure. Social guarantees for servicemen with disabilities, the immediate return of captured military personnel and civilians, providing them with social guarantees, as well as army reforms, overcoming the coronavirus and eliminating its consequences, demographic problems. Pashinyan voiced the need for changes in the Electoral Code and the Law on Parties, the creation of an institution of specialized judges, and the application of the law on the confiscation of illegal property.
According to the political scientist, the "social" part of Pashinyan's proposals was part of the electoral program of Pashinyan's "My Step" bloc. Meanwhile, in Iskandaryan's opinion, the local authorities and state departments had to deal with the resolution of social problems for the last 2.5 years. In this light, Iskandaryan sees a big difference between the problems voiced by Pashinyan and those requiring immediate resolution. According to him, today it is more important and a priority to achieve political agreement. The political scientist characterizes the situation in Armenia as a political crisis, accompanied by a split in society. And, according to his forecasts, the situation will only get worse.
"As of today the servicemen are returning from the front, the houses of the Artsakh people are destroyed, people have nowhere to go, because their houses remained in the territory occupied by Azerbaijan. All this is compounded by the economic crisis. In this light, it is certainly necessary to start solving the problems outlined by the prime minister in his plan, but only by uniting the Armenian society politically.The settlement of the acute political crisis in the country, in my opinion, is still a priority," Iskandaryan summed up.