Sargsyan hardly to put out protest flames in Armenia
By Jamila Babayeva
Armenian President is concerned over the growing discontent with the government in the society, which is intensified day by day.
Serzh Sargsyan intends to mitigate the discontent by dismissing some unpopular officials, Armenian media reported.
He plans to hold internal consultations in the near future and instruct relevant state bodies to behave properly with people.
The rising discontent also forced four opposition fractions of the Armenian Parliament to move from words to deeds on launching the vote of non-confidence against the government.
The fractions are working on a common project on the vote of non-confidence to present it to the parliament and society. At first, fractions will collect the signatures of at least 44 MPs and then they will declare distrust to the government during forthcoming parliamentary sessions on February 24-27.
The fractions believe that they will have a common position and change of power is the only possible way to take the country out of the current situation.
The Armenian Parliament, in turn, does not wonder about the expression of the vote of non-confidence against the government, as "it happens all over the world".
Vice-speaker of the parliament Eduard Sharmazanov appealed to the opposition fractions, saying, "Do not shout, do not frighten".
Anti-pension dissatisfaction involving employees of all spheres increased a railway men and actors, subway workers, and electricity employees joined the movement against pension reforms, enacted on January 1, 2014.
"We collect money for the citizens' future," head of the parliamentary commission on social affairs Akop Akopyan said. "That is our goal, because we have no clear way to raise pensions. We should either raise taxes sharply, or the economy should grow rapidly. "
Discontent in Armenia is gathering pace, challenging the "lazy" authorities to take measures to subside it. Sargsyan's attempts in this regard do not seem to be smart enough, because dismissing non-key officials cannot snuff out the protests and will lead to irreversible civil disobedience.