Parliament Deputy Chairman Fears the Existence of Diarchy in Armenia

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Commenting on the latest terrorist acts and political destabilization in the Republic–Parliament Deputy Chairman Ara Sahakian said that "unfortunately–political murders happened in Armenia before. But the fact that an assassination was attempted against Deputy Interior Minister of Armenia and the same interior ministry reacts to that attempt with Platon’s composure is inadmissible. And that exactly shows that the authorities are in crisis."

"The problem is that two different viewpoints formed within the executive authorities. We think that there must be different viewpoints in a democratic state–but only one policy," Sahakian said. According to him–the Armenian National Movement expects that Ter-Petrosyan introduce some simplicity within the executive branch–because unlike the parliament–the executive authorities cannot tolerate such an "equivocal situation."

As for the internal political situation in Armenia–Sahakian noted that the situation in which a Prime Minister acknowledges a President only when he want to point out the discord between them cannot last long. He said–"The Russian Prime Minister always speaks on behalf of the president and within the context of the president’s line–whereas our Prime Minister seems to consider as unworthy to mention the President’s name and say that they work together".

Speaking of Ter-Petrosyan’s constitutional rights–the execution of which is anticipated by the ANM–Sahakian pointed out to article 55 of the Armenian Constitution–based on which Ter-Petrosyan appointed the premier and the cabinet and has the power to dismiss them or in the event of a vote of no confidence in the government the President accepts the government’s resignation–appoints a premier and forms a new government within 20 days.

"We speak about a more global national problem. Karabakh problem is only a name–in reality that is the problem of the development and future of the Armenian people and it is necessary to be together–there must not be any diarchy. We may have different viewpoints–but no diarchy [a government shared by two rulers]," Ara Sahakian concluded–thus giving a positive answer to the question if there is a diarchy in Armenia.

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