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Political earthquake in Armenia2012-10-11 16:24
Political life in Armenia is awakening. After a lull after the completion of the phase of the parliamentary election and formation of the coalition government (not including the "Prosperous Armenia" - PAP), processes have begun to develop rapidly, which is primarily related to the presidential election in the spring of 2013.
Until now, one thing was certainly clear: from the camp of the power the current president, the leader of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) Serzh Sargsyan is going to run for the presidency. Opposition, including the PAP, is waiting when the fog over the division of power levers in the post-election period dissipates.
Existing until recently status quo in this field was violated by one of the leaders of "Prosperous Armenia", ex-Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanyan, accused of "money laundering in especially large scale". Oskanyan has actually challenged the president, saying that he was ready to measure swords with Serzh Sargsyan in the presidential race.
Oskanyan and his associates consider the criminal case against him a "political order" on the eve of the presidential election. Despite this, the Armenian Parliament has recently approved a petition of the prosecutor to deprive Oskanyan of the inviolability of a deputy and "passed" him to the hands of justice.
Oskanyan's statement about party's ambitions in the presidential election sounded as follows: "As an influential political force with good reputation, the PAP should necessarily participate in the presidential election with its own candidate". At the same time, he added that it was his personal opinion, since the party has not yet taken a final decision on the format of its participation in the election of 2013. "Naturally, this candidate should be the party leader Gagik Tsarukyan. But if Tsarukyan doesn't want to run for president, and the party chooses my candidacy, I am ready to take on this responsibility", the deputy said.
Oskanyan's statement, according to some observers, has become an earthquake in the calm the political field of Armenia, since until now the position of the PAP on the presidential election remained unclear. The power, in turn, touching the subject, always pleads the сoalition memorandum concluded in 2010 between the PAP, the RPA and the party Orinats Erkir (that time the coalition government comprised three parties - Ed.), under which all three political forces committed to vote for candidacy of the current president. Incidentally, the memorandum is no longer valid.
The ruling political force dismisses the questions about the intentions of the PAP, which is the second political force in Armenia, to nominate its own candidate in the election. Allegedly, the statement by Oskanyan does not reflect the official position of the party. They expect the statement of the PAP leader Gagik Tsarukyan. "We base on the coalition memorandum, concluded in 2010, under which the PAP was to support the candidacy of Serzh Sargsyan. After this Tsarukyan has not signed anything; and now would be wrong to comment on Oskanyan's statement", the Deputy Speaker of the Armenian Parliament from the Republican Party Edward Sharmazanov recently made such a cautious statement.