President Rejects Key Points of ARF Election Plan

ARF Bureau chairman Hrant Markarian

YEREVAN (—President Serzh Sarkisian on Saturday rejected two key elements of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation’s seven-point elections platform, following a lengthy meeting with the party’s Bureau chairman Hrant Markarian and Supreme Council of Armenia representative Armen Rustamian.

Markarian told press representatives on Monday that Sarkisian rejected the ARF’s proposal for Armenia to adopt a parliamentary form of government and the party’s insistence that Armenia withdraw its signature from the Turkey-Armenia protocols.

Markarian explained that the president is firm in his belief that Armenian government is on the right path vis-à-vis the protocols and has added that the system of governance was not the problem.

“Was the meeting with the president useless?” said Markarian. “If we look at it only in a purely functional way, then probably yes. But it also made sense because our arguments and views might influence his thinking.”

“If that happens, we will be grateful. If not, we will have no regrets that we did not try,” he told journalists.

Markarian explained that the meeting with Sarkisian was previously scheduled and was among the series of meetings ARF leaders were having with political forces in Armenia ahead of the February presidential elections.


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  1. Ishkhan Babajanian MD said:

    Majority of Armenians all over the world, think, it’s Armenian national interest that Armenia withdraw its signature from the Turkey-Armenia protocols.
    An ordinary Armenian
    Dr. Babajanian

  2. Mihran said:

    Instead of looking after the interests of Armenia,he is looking after his self and Foreign interests.What a disgrace.

  3. Papken Hartunian said:

    I am surprise about ARF’s platform does not include the publication of list of voters after every election.
    However, I am glad to see there is a discussion among our political leaders. There is hope for united Armenians.