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Club of opponents of Armenian authorities2012-11-12 16:19
In Armenia, the proposal of "Prosperous Armenia" Party (PAP) on the transition to a parliamentary system of government until the next election to the National Assembly in 2017 is being actively discussed. The PAP offers to form the parliament only on the proportional system instead of mixed system acting now.
The idea to pass on to a parliamentary system of government is not new to the political field of Armenia, since the parties spoke with such an initiative at different times. And now, this idea has become even more relevant, since it was supported by such a political heavyweight as "Prosperous Armenia" for the first time. At the last parliamentary election the PAP was the main rival of the ruling Republican Party and gained more than 30% of the votes.
The PAP proposal becomes even more emotional due to the fact that it is made right before the presidential election (scheduled for the spring of 2013 - Ed.), when political forces are trying to find the public mood and define the format of its participation in the election. Two opposing forces which have passed to the parliament - the Armenian National Congress (ANC) and "Dashnaktsutiun" - have responded positively to this proposal and are ready to discuss it.
The opposition party "Heritage", immersed in internal contradictions, has not given official answer, though stands for this idea. The other day its representative Armen Martirosyan said that the "Heritage" was ready to hold consultations on the issue. Meanwhile, the ruling Republican Party (RPA) has strongly criticized the proposal of the PAP, threatening to "expose some of the politicians".
In fact, the proposal of the "Prosperous Armenia", as interpreted by the experts, is the continuation of the political struggle with the Republican Party, which has been publicly launched during the May parliamentary elections. And the struggle is increasing with the approach of another important event - the election of the head of state.
The power, according to most experts, is carrying out a strong pressure on the "Prosperous Armenia", pursuing the two purposes. Maximum program is to persuade the PAP to support acting President Serzh Sargsyan in the election. Minimum program is to neutralize its impact in the elections, since it can nominate its own candidate, tuck in part of the opposition field and deliver a lot of difficulties to the elite.
From this point of view, as observers note, the strategy of the PAP in the process of transition to a full parliamentary system, at least for now, is rather a form than content. This is a kind of a form of cooperation with the enemies of power, where the "Prosperous Armenia" is the driving force. It obviously won't win in direct confrontation given the concentration of resources in the Republican Party. Thus PAP responds to pressure from the political Olympus, but moving to another dimension, where they can create a "club" of opponents of the authorities and to advance from this position.
In this context, the proposal of the PAP sounds logical: "We know that this idea (the transition to a parliamentary form of government - Ed.) is being offered by other political forces. We believe that our approach can be a serious ideological basis for association and cooperation between different political forces in the presidential election".