ArmInfo. If Serzh Sargsyan had remained in power, the war would simply not have started. Opposition candidate for prime minister Vazgen Manukyan stated this in an interview with RBC. The main opposition candidate noted that during the first Karabakh war, the figure of Elchibey played a role in the victory of the Armenian army, and now, Armenia has its own Elchibey. "On the wave of" color revolutions ", mostly incompetent people come to power who are not ready to head the government. Pashinyan divided the society into former and present, split the society. The same is happening in Ukraine and in other places where the "color revolution" took place, - he said. "During the first Karabakh war, 1992- 1994, when we defeated Azerbaijan, it helped us a lot that it was headed by Abulfaz Elchibey. Then there was still no term "color revolution", but he was a person who adhered to just such views. Now Azerbaijan took advantage of the fact that we have our Elchibey, "added Manukyan. He also believes that if Serzh Sargsyan had remained in power, the war would simply not have started. Pashinyan, his opponent noted, curtailed the negotiation process on Nagorno-Karabakh, made a number of statements from which it followed that the Karabakh problem was a territorial dispute, and "not a question of the self- determination of the nation", and allowed Azerbaijan to come to the conclusion that a war could be started. Answering the question when Manukyan's candidacy arose as a candidate for the post of prime minister from the opposition, he said: "Nobody thought about it at the time. At the time, everyone was preoccupied with the war. The question of displacing the government, installing a new prime minister - such a question was not raised. I even wrote in my letter that not a new government is needed, but the army should take control of the war into its own hands. There was no surprise in my appearance, because I have always been in the politics of Armenia, I headed the "Karabakh" committee, was the first prime minister, in 1996 I ran for president. I was involved in political activities all the time. I think for many games I was a compromise figure. They saw in me a manager who can manage during critical situations. Because in 1992-1993 I was the minister of defense and we began to win the war, build an army. All this probably mattered. And here it was also important that the prime minister would be the head of the interim government. That is, everyone was given a chance to come to some results in a year during the elections. And the interim prime minister, that is, I, would not have the right to nominate himself for the post of prime minister in the future. This also ensured normal elections, since there was no personal interest of the Prime Minister to rig the election results. Moreover, everyone knew that I had always fought for fair elections. Manukyan also noted that he was one of the first to urge Pashinyan to resign, because he knew what was happening at the front, but the population of our country did not know. Because measures were taken to cover up the information, so the Armenian population did not understand what was happening. But I was always in touch with the fronts, with the generals, with the army, and I knew that our situation was deplorable.