Kocharian Re-Enters Political Arena in Armenia

Former president Robert Kocharian speaks to Yerkir Media's Gegham Manukyan on Thursday

Former president Robert Kocharian on Thursday announced that he will be re-entering Armenia’s political arena days after being released from pre-trial custody where he was remanded on charges of breaching Armenia constitutional order in relation to the March 1, 2008 post-election standoff when eight civilians and two police officers were killed.

Kocharian, once again, sat down with Yerkir Media’s Gegham Manukyan, his second since being charged, and said that he had no other choice but to enter the political arena, because he believes that the current government is too inexperienced to traverse what he called the complicated geopolitical realities facing Armenia.

“They don’t understand,” said Kocharian referring to Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and his administration. “They don’t fully comprehend that challenges facing Armenia” in the current geopolitical situation.

He also told Yerkir Media that his attorney crushed his case in court on last week, because, he said, the entire case against is “based on lies.”

Armenia’s Criminal Court of Appeals reversed a lower court ruling that had remanded into custody until his trial. The charges are still pending against him.

He lamented the fact that he was unable to speak about the specifics of his case, and wondered why there was a shroud of secrecy surrounding the charged.

“I wish I could speak about the specifics of the case, because then I could outline the fabrications on which it is based,” Kocharian told Yerkir Media.

He also went to reiterate his concerns about the so-called inexperience of the government to deal with the Karabakh conflict resolution process.

He said that Pashinyan allegedly announced that he would not take part in the peace talks, when in fact, Pashinyan, from the time he assumed the leadership of government, has insisted on the inclusion of Artsakh at the negotiating table, which was how the talks proceeded until Kocharian became Armenia’s president.

The former president also boasted about the economic growth in Armenia during his tenure, and said the widespread corruption that is being attributed to his administration was exaggerated.

“There is corruption in the United States,” said Kocharian to illustrate his view that the practice of looting the national wealth was commonplace all over the world.

In discussing an upcoming rally in Yerevan on Friday called by Pashinyan, who has said that he will report on the first 100 days of the government, Kocharian was dismissive.

“So what if 100,000 people gather at Republic Square. Is that a big percentage of the population?” Kocharian pondered during the interview.


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  1. mahmouzian said:

    kocharian no country looted their country like you and your party did. .kor. voleur. bandito. krook.you where experienced on only one thing to rob to lie to take from the poor to steal and you know what we have enough to ear how brave you whereduring t.now explain us how you he war .you save your skin that it .the poor boys a the front thoses are the braves. I am sure you had your butt in a worm place. explain us how you skim Kerkorian money.that was money for Armenia.bozo.and all those house in Erevan that you demolish what was your cut explain.

  2. State of Emergency said:

    The only reason he is out is because of Article 140 of the constitution. It has nothing to do with the lies or other injustices he is accusing others of perpetuating on him. He should thank the original authors of the criminal constitution. Besides, what don’t they understand? About how to loot the country and drive it to bankruptcy in the name of geopolitical security! The fact is that this turn of events only took place after Lavrov’s comments. The Russian bear woke from it slumber and began to feed again.

  3. Norin said:

    Some people should realize their time is over and move on. Kocharyan is just begging to be made an example of by Armenians worldwide.

  4. Hrajr said:

    Kocharian is the enemy of the armenian people. He does not have any feeling for the people and only things about his own wallet and his friends. He killed armenians to get what he wanted and now it’s time for justice. Kocharian will burn now or later

  5. Levon said:

    Listening to this guy making himself totally innocent of all the charges leveled against him is really unbelievable! Suddenly he was the best man for the worst time in our republic’s history. He certainly has great experience in looting the country’s wealth and selling our most precious institutions and resources to foreign countries.

  6. Levon said:

    It is so sad to know that we are still dependent onto some foreign power of the “past”, and still takeing our marching orders from them, implied or otherwise, willingly or unwillingly. Thanks to likes of Der Bedrossyan, Kocharian and Sarkissyan.
    Some independence!

  7. zarkim said:

    Kocharyan claims to be more experienced than Pashinyan. Ture, Kocharyan is a very experienced MUGGER. Kocharyan has blood in his hand and he is worse than TALAAT PASHA.
    Since Pashinyan took over and got rid of some Military Traitors, Armenia has fewer casualties. Armenia needs to get rid of all these CORRUPT Generals and make sure that the remaining personnel are pro Armenian and not foreign infiltrators.
    Armenia desperately needs a CONSTITUTION Change. Otherwise, PARASITES like Kocharyan, Sargsyan, Yuri Khachaturov, etc… will always exist. After all, these PARASITES are the ones who designed the Armenian CONSTITUTION to make it impossible for Armenia to get rid of them.
    Armenia needs to thoroughly examine all agreements made between these PARASITES and foreign Governments.
    Why does Russia control our BORDERS?
    Kocharyan, Sargsyan have Jewish background. When Israeli Drone killed Armenians in Karabakh, these two DOGS did not bark!!
    Armenian revolution will only be complete when they get rid of these VERMIN by changing the Constitution and by revising all other previously made agreements…