Galust Sahakian Encourages Ter Petrosian’S Withdrawal


26 June, 2008

"The police ruined the intentions of opposition," declared Deputy
Chairman of the Republican Party Galust Sahakian commenting on the
consent of the police to hold the rally of June 20 at the Matenadaran

He was sure the opposition intended to cause conflicts.

"Opposition leaders neglected the presence of about 2000 people
and started the rally at 8:00 p.m. instead of 6:00 p.m. It was a
poorly-organized rally assembled from portions of previous public
meetings," Galust Sahakian expressed his viewpoint in the "Pastark"
Club overlooking the fact that the rally was delayed because the
police hindered the opposition to install the necessary equipment.

"Levon Ter-Petrossian will leave his position to more constructive
opposition leaders and will withdraw. Of course, I encourage such
attitude of his but I am not sure the society will agree to it,"
stated Galust Sahakian. However, his confidence was rather odd and
surprising as the first President had declared at the rally that he
would be the last person to give up politics.