Оpposition in Armenia puts forward condition of its participation in election
Baku, Azerbaijan, April 25
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
The opposition in Armenia will boycott the parliamentary election if it is held under the direction of the Prime Minister representing the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA), leader of the protest movement Nikol Pashinyan said April 25, RIA Novosti reported.
In his video message posted on Facebook Pashinyan touched upon the statement of acting Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan on the possibility of holding early parliamentary election.
"They want the election to be held in conditions when the acting Prime Minister will be a representative of the RPA. We know what these elections will be like since 2017... we can simply boycott these elections, not passively, but by blocking polling stations and not allowing to organize an event on the revival of the RPA," Pashinyan said.
Earlier, he stated that after the resignation of Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan, a candidate from the people should be elected as the head of the government, then an interim government should be formed and early election should be carried out.
Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan resigned on April 23 amid protests. He was elected President of Armenia twice, in 2008 and 2013. Actions against his election as the Prime Minister began on April 13. The opposition accuses Sargsyan of poor governance and deteriorating economic situation in the country. On April 17, the opposition announced the beginning of the "velvet revolution".