Armenian "Kavkaz" Institute director: Opposition's protests in Armenia to strengthen in autumn

Politics Materials 1 July 2011 18:49 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, July 1 / Trend E. Tariverdiyeva /
Undoubtedly, the rallies in Armenia will continue. The serious political accusations against each other will also continue. This is a form of political struggle, the director of the Armenian "Kavkaz" Institute Alexander Iskandaryan said.

"The opposition protests will only intensify from autumn, as a full-fledged election campaign for the seats in the parliament will begin from September," he said. "It is impossible to imagine that the meetings will end a year before the parliamentary elections."

The protest action was held in Yerevan on June 30. About 4,000 participants were there. The protesters occupied the Freedom Square in the center of the city after opposition politician Levon Ter-Petrosian urged them.

The ex-president Levon Ter-Petrosian appealed to the Armenian authorities for them to put forward their proposals within a dialogue with the opposition.

Ter-Petrosian said that Armenia should change the power that can be made through early elections.

He said that it is impossible to compare the situation in Armenia with protests in Georgia. The Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has no serious opponents in the opposition, he said.

On the contrary, Armenia has a number of opposition parties, which can pretend for the seats in the parliament, rather than compete. But there is no doubt that the political struggle will continue, Iskandaryan said.

"I would not call the processes taking place today as the establishment of a dialogue between the power and opposition," he said."It is rather an attempt to establish some rules of the game, where the political struggle will take place."
This means that in principle, the struggle has not been cancelled, i.e., the Armenian National Congress and other parties of the opposition coalition will remain opponents and will continue fighting just within other framework when there were no contacts between the power and the opposition, Iskandaryan said.

He said that it is early to make predictions about the presidential and parliamentary elections in Armenia.

"It is meaningless to talk about early elections. If no force majeure, that is impossible to predict, takes place, no early elections will occur."