Armenian opposition confident Kocharyan will resign

ITAR-TASS News Agency
May 3, 2004 Monday

Armenian opposition confident Kocharyan will resign

By Tigran Liloyan

A leader of the Armenian opposition said he was confident that
President Robert Kocharyan would resign.

A member of the political council of the opposition party Republic
and former prime minister Aram Sarkisyan, said his confidence was
based on “the growing public sentiments against the illegitimate head
of state.”

The opposition has proposed the following scenario of political
events in Armenia: the charge of power, the holding of pre-term
presidential elections, the dissolution of the parliament, and the
holding of extraordinary parliamentary elections.

The opposition plans to hold a rally in the centre of Yerevan on
Tuesday. Despite the law regulating such events adopted by the
parliament and imposing certain restrictions, Sarkisyan said, “We
will hold rallies where we think it is expedient and stick to the
U.N. human rights convention.”

Authorities have condemned the opposition’s actions as
“manifestations of political extremism.”

On the night from April 12 to April 13, police dispersed an
opposition rally in the centre of Yerevan.