ArmInfo. Robert Kocharian's <Hayastan> (<Armenia>) bloc has not yet decided whether to take mandates to the parliament of the 8th convocation or not. Leader of the bloc Robert Kocharian stated this on June 22 at a press conference, emphasizing that he more considers himself as "a person of the executive body> and he found it difficult to imagine himself in parliament.
The candidate for prime minister from the <Hayastan> bloc admitted that the results of the early elections came as a complete surprise to them. "Many opinion polls, including the Gallup Association, which cannot be suspected of sympathizing with me, indicate the contrary (the MPG consulting company, which is the official representative of the International Gallup Association in Armenia; not to be confused with the American Gallup Inc., Ed. note), " he said.
In this context, according to the second President of the Republic of Armenia, it is necessary to understand the scale of electoral violations and administrative resources were carried out and applied in order to apply to the Constitutional Court to challenge the election results. "The headquarters are now collecting materials and within a few days we will summarize the volume of the complaint to the Constitutional Court," said the head of the bloc. At the same time, according to him, the purpose of the appeal, first of all, is to fix violations, and not to take people out into the street. He found it difficult to say whether the bloc will require a recount of votes, noting that at this stage, consultations with lawyers are underway in this direction.
Robert Kocharian is convinced that the mandate received by the authorities is not a mandate of confidence in the current authorities. "All the meetings that we held with the citizens of the country were more energetic than those held by the authorities," the second president said. The head of the bloc believes that the past elections have qualitatively changed the political landscape of parliamentary and extra-parliamentary forces. "Our entry into parliament has become a kind of tsunami in the political life of the country. We will maintain this dynamic," he said. At the moment, the <Hayastan> bloc has not finally made a decision to take mandates to parliament or not.
"At the same time, today we have received very serious, new opportunities to continue the struggle. What do we intend to do? Continue the struggle - the parliamentary struggle, which can only strengthen, not replace the street struggle, and in this we have serious experience, and this combination will only strengthen our capabilities, "Kocharian said. In particular, as the former president pointed out, being in parliament, the bloc will have additional leverage in order to identify the numerous gaps and omissions of the Pashinyan government in recent years, including through corruption in the same area of public procurement.
"The parliamentary faction has various levers. We will use them systemically to fight the current government. We have numerous data that before the elections, large sums of bonuses were distributed in the security structures. For example, the officers of the National Security Service received quite large sums before the elections. We will present the documents, "Kocharian said.
The second President of Armenia also touched upon the prospects for the future struggle of the <Hayastan> bloc. The rally of the ruling "Civil Contract" party, according to Kocharian, created the impression that the country's authorities will continue their rule "in the same spirit in which they ruled for the last three years." "In this case, undoubtedly, very soon Armenia will face the next extraordinary parliamentary elections," he said.