Possibilities of Forming A New Opposition Alliance Discussed

YEREVAN (Hayots Ashkhar)–Leaders of opposition parties involved in the National Accord Alliance–Tuesday were not too eager to dismiss the concept of an alliance following announcemen’s Monday by National Democratic Union chairman Vazgen Manoukian that the Alliance had crumbled.

"Since there are three other organizations within the Alliance–on one person is allowed to make such announcemen’s," stated Democratic Party of Armenia chairman Aram Sargsyan in an interview discussing Manoukian’s remarks on the demise of the Alliance.

During a press conference Monday–Manoukian discussed NDU plans for the future and announced that the National Accord Rally was disbanded.

Constitutional Rights Union chairman Hrant Khatchatrian stated that while the Alliance faced extreme organizational obstacles the concept of such a grouping should not be dismissed.

Armenian Revolutionary Federation Executive Council political advisor Rouben Hakopian stated that the Alliance parties had been in talks during recent months regarding the fate of the grouping–with the distinct understanding that the details of the talks would not be made public.

"It seems–however–that some of my colleagues have chosen not to respect those principles," added Hakopian who did not rule out the possibility of a new alliance.

"The goals and ideals of the new alliance would be the same," explained Hakopian–adding "However–in the current political situation–new approaches and new political alliances are needed."

Hakopian stressed that "the alliance must remain as an opposing pole to the leadership–but with a new body and quality. There is even the possibility of many alliances."

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