Armenian Communists Criticize Demirchian Kocharian

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"Former Secretary of the Communist Party of Armenia Karen Demirchian is a deserter. He betrayed his ideals and the Communist Party," Vladimir Darbinian–Second Secretary of the Communist Party of Armenia and leader of Sergey Badalian’s campaign team said at a Sunday rally.

He said that they were particularly hurt by the fact that Karen Demirchian is cooperating with forces alien to national ideals to impede the implementation of programs of socialist rebirth in Armenia. "Demirchian returned to politics not for the sake of the salvation of Armenia–but to split the electorate–upon the order of anti-national forces," Darbinian said. He called on Demirchian to stop "disgraceful cooperation" with the present authorities.

Leader of the "Haykandoukht" public political organization–defending interests of bilked depositors–Armenuhi Kazarian called Demirchian a traitor. She said that Demirchian had deposited $75,000 at GMZ bank–while the National-Democratic Union leader Vazgen Manoukian made a deposit of $40,000 at "Armenia" bank.

Robert Kocharian was also sharply criticized by participants of the rally. It was stressed that there is no legal basis for his registration as a presidential candidate.

Participants in the rally called on Agriculture Minister of Armenia–the "chameleon" Vladimir Movsissian–who is leading Kocharian’s campaign–to see to the problems of spring sowing. They also called on all women to be more cautious since the 1991 election of Levon Ter-Petrosyan was allegedly elected President with a high women’s vote.

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