As we now for different reasons “Heritage” party was obliged to postpone its regular congress. Finally it took place yesterday. But the congress didn’t manage to confirm anything. The settlement of all the issues is still under the responsibility of the administration. The staff of the administration was in essence re-elected.
Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan, representative of ARFD bureau Hrant Margaryan, Leader of “National Renaissance” Alvard Bazeyan, ex-presidential candidate Arman Melikyan participated in the single pro-oppositional party represented in the parliament. And leader of the People’s Party of Armenia Stepan Demirchyan, leader of “Hanrapetutyun” party Aram Z. Sargsyan, and Hovhannes Hovhannisyan came to listen to Levon Ter-Petrosyan.
The Prime Minister Wanted To Connect The Bridges
In his welcome speech Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan firstly confirmed that in a short period of time “Heritage” party managed to “unite members and supporters around its program and ensure representation in the legislative body”. And the fact that the latter is the only pro-oppositional party represented in the parliament is the “peculiarity of the present political situation” and underscored that the party must shoulder additional responsibility in front of its own electorate, the extra-parliamentary opposition and the country in general.
“I came here to connect the bridges. It is very easy to burn the bridges. I came here to say that we need strong opposition. And it is far not a gesture of politeness. Strong, constructive opposition means strong society, strong state. We don’t fear strong criticisms and daring proposals, because we need them,” the Prime Minister announced.
The Biggest Treachery
After a little period of time Levon Ter-Petrosyan entered the hall accompanied by his guards Levon Zurabyan and Davit Shahnazaryan.
Approaching the tribune he firstly showed the real place of his favorite “Heritage” party. “I will try to place this congress in Armenia’s present day internal political situation and in the context of the pan-national movement.”
It turned out that “Heritage” party is the “microphone of the pan-national movement in the Parliament and in PACE bureaucratic apparatus”. “I don’t want to humiliate anyone. As a formality there should be one or two pro-oppositional parties represented in the parliament. But of course they can’t change climate. It is extremely difficult to play a positive role in a corporative club,” Ter-Petrosyan noticed pessimistically.
Touching upon “the alliance formed around me” the speaker gave an exclusively true characteristic to himself and the pre-election alliance. “It is a real anachronism. The elections are over and it should change its contents. He said he is “planning to create a serious political factor, which will not be temporary and will not pursue an exclusively situational goal. It will unite a total conscious political society from independent political developments.”
He also added: “The political situation in Armenia is so complex that the parties can’t overcome it separately. We are going to live in this evil for 10 more years. Everything depends on whether or not the people will tolerate it. If the authorities try to suppress this movement it will be an anti-national policy. It will be the biggest national treachery.”
IMMEDIATELY AND RIGHT AWAY
Raffi Hovhannisyan stated: “only the truth will save our country and will help the republic and the people progress, move towards national-democratic and civil prospects.
But he also added that the re-elected administration would decide the format of the participation of “Heritage” party in the works of NA temporary committee investigating March 1-2 developments. The decision was, in essence pre-determined by the following announcement: “Can the National Assembly enjoy trust, in case when the parliament itself has got its share of guilt in what happened.”
Touching upon internal and external issues, the relations with Turkey and Azerbaijan R. Hovhannisyan expressed standpoint that we will find solutions to all the issues in case: “we manage to have a democratically united society and ruling power.”
“What we need is dialogue and national support. Immediately and right away. Otherwise we will have to hold new elections to discharge the created situation.”