ArmInfo. On June 17, candidate for prime minister of Armenia from the ruling Civil Contract party Nikol Pashinyan, during a final rally on Republic Square in Yerevan, shared the successes of his government and his vision of the future of the republic.
Thus, according to him, the future of Armenia stands on four pillars: the first is security, the second is the economy, the third is about rights and justice, and the fourth is the development of human capital. They are all interconnected, and none can function in isolation, he said.
The strategic idea of the development of the economy, as Pashinyan explained, is that it should be based on science. The acting prime minister recalled his early slogan "get rich and enrich", stressing that the authorities will continue to adhere to this logic of action. They will come to this, as the candidate for prime minister pointed out, by developing the knowledge and skills of the individual and business, developing infrastructures and actions in foreign policy with expanding the potential for exports and investments. For stable development, as Pashinyan noted, Armenia should provide an average GDP growth of 7% annually, and citizens should be happy to pay taxes, since they will be spent on its needs.
Over the next 5 years, Pashinyan promises to build 2,600 km of roads, start or complete the construction of 15 new reservoirs, provide rail links with the Russian Federation, Iran, and "thus, with the whole world." At the same time, he once again reminded that the authorities will not discuss the "corridor logic", in this context, excluding changes in the status of Armenia's sovereignty over any territory of the republic. According to him, the current government has very clearly expressed its position - it is ready to unblock regional communications only if equal conditions and opportunities are provided to the parties, which is recorded in the Moscow statement of January 11, 2021.
Armenia is determined to consistently move towards the implementation of the agreements within the framework of this statement, he said. At the same time, as the leader of the Civil Contract stressed, this is hindered by the aggressive rhetoric of Baku, its unconstructive statements, in particular, in terms of the consistent claims of the President of Azerbaijan to the territorial integrity of Armenia and the non-return of the Armenian prisoners held by Baku.
The situation at the Sotk-Khoznavar section, according to the acting head of government must be resolved peacefully - by an equal withdrawal of the Armed Forces of the two countries and the deployment of Russian border guards on the line. Pashinyan once again urged not to be afraid of delimitation - demarcation of borders, noting that all civilized countries passed through this. He also touched upon the Karabakh settlement, noting that despite a number of statements, the issue is still open. The acting Prime Minister also touched upon the formation of a professional army, stressing that there is no alternative to this, as well as reforms in the field of science and education. According to acting Prime Minister, epoch-making changes have already taken place in the field of science in Armenia - funding for scientific research in 2020 increased by 1 billion 491 million drams.
Pashinyan said that after the rally he would go to public debates. He invited all those who during these days threatened the representatives of the ruling force and "brandished the scimitar". Note that Nikol Pashinyan came to the rally accompanied by family members. The acting prime minister is accompanied by his associates - Speaker of the Armenian Parliament Ararat Mirzoyan, head of the campaign headquarters of the ruling Civil Contract party Suren Papikyan, head of the parliamentary faction "My Step" Lilit Makunts and others.
Initially, the Civil Contract planned to hold a final rally on June 18. But, since a rally of the Hayastan bloc is scheduled for the same day, Pashinyan decided to postpone the date of the final rally to June 17. The ruling party plans to hold rallies in Yerevan for four days in a row immediately after the early parliamentary elections on June 20.
During the election campaign in Yerevan's Malatia-Sebastia administrative region on Monday, Nikol Pashinyan called on his supporters to gather in Republic Square on June 21 to celebrate his party's victory in the elections, which, according to him, will mark another "revolution" in Armenia. The municipal authorities of Yerevan allowed the parties to simultaneously gather supporters in the two largest squares of the capital from June 21 to 24. Each of these rallies can start at 10 am and last until midnight. Neither Nikol Pashinyan nor his associates explained the reasons for the additional demonstrations in the following days.