ArmInfo.In an interview with ArmInfo the political scientist Stepan Danielyan said that Armenian President Armen Sarkissian's decision to resign could by no means be an emotional one or the result of a snap judgment. Therefore, it should be treated with the utmost seriousness.
"The main questions we should raise are as follow: why now? And what impulses the president is unwilling to be responsible for do we have to expect? And, of course, what kind of document is being prepared to be signed he is unwilling to put his signature to? Does Mr Sarkissian mean what has happened when he mentions a 'national crisis' or do we have to expect new surprises?" he queried.
In this context, Mr Danielyan stressed that by resigning Mr Sarkissian is trying to prevent the ruling party from enacting one of its scenarios. Evidence thereof is, according to him, the phrase "No longer do we have the right to make mistakes!" in Mr Sarkissian's statement. According to the expert, the ex-president's statement allows of different interpretations.
In this context, the expert believes that the political changes in Armenia the president cannot influence are, in fact, the constitutional reforms being prepared by the Civil Contract party. Or the president's resignation is the result of external factors, which, in this particular case, in the context of the ongoing Armenian- Turkish process, could be accounted for by Yerevan's planned concessions on the international recognition of the Armenian Genocide.
"In any case, we can only speculate now. I am inclined to think that by resigning Mr Sarkissian is trying to prevent domestic and foreign political processes - and, may be, both. First of all, in view of the fact that his resignation will, at least, put the processes off until a new president is elected. It is clear that no serious document can be signed without the president," Mr Danielyan said.