NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ARMENIA’S AUTHORITIES AND OPPOSITION, POLITICIAN SAYS
Vahagn Shirkhanyan, Board member, Social Democratic Hnchakyan party,
does not see any difference between the opposition Armenian National
Congress (ANC) and the authorities. The negotiations will not change
the system, that is, lead the country out of the critical situation.
Programs and ideologies are not competing. Such competition might
result in resignation or early elections, Shirkhanyan said.
“Resignations are normally culminations of a severe political
struggle. Now, however, we are witnessing a interpersonal struggle
rather than a political one,” he said.
He finds it difficult to explain the reasons for the ANC’s consent
to start negotiations. On the other hand, the Armenian authorities’
motives are obvious. “The authorities entered into a dialogue because
of the radical Opposition that was struggling in the streets. The
authorities were able to persuade them into negotiations, which was
beneficial to the authorities themselves,” Shirkhanyan said.