SERZH SARGSYAN'S NEXT STEP WILL BE TOUGHER
- Interview with Hovhannes Sahakyan, Secretary of the Republican parliamentary group During the meeting with the government, Serzh Sargsyan criticized toughly the government saying that he has been warning the prime minister about all the issues for four years. In this case, why did he reappoint Tigran Sargsyan as prime minister if he was dissatisfied with his work so far? I think it's wrong to interpret Serzh Sargsyan's words in different contexts. As the head of state, he made his evaluation and requested to solve all the issues in a short period of time. Yes, some work has been done over these four years and the president evaluated it negatively. He has the right to make evaluations and demand more. This should be an additional impetus to be sober and to be alert. But Serzh Sargsyan says that he was dissatisfied with the prime minister's work for the past four years. Then why did he reappoint him? I understand the context of your question. There have been statements by political figures on the political context and that this is a pre-election issue. If this step was propaganda, then we would witness more abrupt developments such as resignations in the government. But Serzh Sargsyan's words should be perceived as constructive and working. This is not the only time when the president had arguments or an opinion and criticized explicitly. He has criticized the Council of justice, the Police. There is no need for intrigues. If he sacked the premier, everyone would say that it is part of the presidential campaign. Meanwhile, Serzh Sargsyan evaluated the state of affairs and gave relevant instructions. If no changes are reports follow, he will act respectively. Can we assume there will be the PM's or the government's resignation soon? I can't say that. The resignation of the PM and the government is a function of the president. Today, there is not such an issue on the RPA agenda. Many people think the PM should resign after this. If no specific steps are taken after that consultation, it is clear that Serzh Sargsyan's next step will be tougher and more tangible. It is within Serzh Sargsyan's competences to decide on the step. You voted for this government and its program. Do you feel responsible for the activities of the government you approved? The government is a team part of which is in the executive and the other part in the legislature, so it is a team responsibility. It has nothing to do with whether I'm an MP or whether I voted for or against the government program. We have never blamed others for our problems and failures. Actually Tigran Sargsyan has made no conclusion from Serzh Sargsyan's speeches for the past four years. Will he do it this time? I'm sure conclusions have already been drawn. How do you feel about the fact that Serzh Sargsyan talked so informally with the ministers calling them by their names - Tigran, Samvel, Seyran, Dero… I don't think it is a correct to comment on Serzh Sargsyan's steps and words. But I think it was a friendly talk, he trusts those people and has appointed them ministers. Arman Galoyan
© AUAToday in Armenian history
- 1854 The allies move towards Sebastopol during the Crimean War.
- 1883 Birth of Rromanoss Melikyan (composer). He died in 1935.
- 1886 Birth of writer Aharon Tsatooryan. He died in 1965.
- 1912 Invited representatives from various Armenian social group, meeting in Tbilissi, request that the Russian government again raise the issue of the Armenian Question.
- 1918 At the Battle of Arara (Palestine), Armenian soldiers from the Eastern Legion fighting for the Allies, defeat the Turkish forces.
- 1918 The Armenian Legion, fighting on the side of the Allies, routs the Turkish forces at the battle of Arara.
- 1956 Inauguration of the Byurakan observatory.