ARMENIA'S OPPOSITION SEEKS TO TURN PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS INTO EARLY PRESIDENTIAL ONES - OPPOSITION MEMBER
- YEREVAN. - The opposition Armenian National Congress' (ANC) supporters are growing every year, ANC Coordinator Levon Zurabyan stated during a press conference on Wednesday. And as proof, he pointed to the packed rallies that were held in March 2011.
Reflecting on those who left ANC, he noted that this is a very normal process for a political force, as the hopeless leave and new people come.
With respect to the upcoming parliamentary elections, Levon Zurabyan announced that their task is to turn these elections into early presidential elections, that is, into a "no-confidence referendum for [President] Serzh Sargsyan."
And to the question as to whether after the parliamentary elections ANC would take part in the National Assembly's activities, Zurabyan responded: "If we achieve early [presidential] elections in February-March, and, if God willing, we achieve Serzh Sargsyan's resignation, don't you think your question is premature?"
Nonetheless, Levon Zurabyan did state that there are no preconditions for fair elections. And the only change, as per ANC Coordinator, is that the people have become more demanding, and the international community, more careful.
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- 1912 In Constantinople, the Armenian National Assembly decides to raise the Armenian Question in London at the conference of ambassadors.
- 1917 The Gevorgyan Academy closes in Echmiadsin.
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