People’s Party Leader Says Shadow Politics Exist in Armenia

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"Not only does a shadow economy exist in Armenia–but also shadow politics," board member of the People’s Party of Armenia–Secretary of the PPA Political Council Hamayak Hovhannissian said at a meeting at the National Press Club November 18.

"The situation that arose in Armenia after the October 27 killings is testimony to the fact that shadow power exists. If politics were properly publicized–such situations would not arise–and the influence of shadow politics would be impossible. Those who try to restrict publicity is a supporter of shadow politics," he said.

Hovhannissian is convinced that there was no political crisis in Armenia–although there was a danger of it. A political crisis was averted due to "patient–conciliatory and balanced approaches" of the president and the cooperation between the newly appointed prime minister and parliamentary majority. All political forces displayed goodwill to preserve the status quo that formed on the political scene–as demonstrated by the elections of the new Parliament leaders. Hovhannissian said that the most important thing to do for the prime minister is to stabilize the situation and relieve the distressing psychological atmosphere. "Aram Sargsyan must prove his ability to continue his brother’s cause," he added.

Hovhannissian believes that "the Unity bloc proved its viability by contributing to averting the danger of a political crisis." The prospects of the PPA-Republic Party of Armenia team depend on effective solutions to the population’s social and economic problems.

"If there is even a small chance that the bloc can lead the way to solving the population’s problems–it must be taken," Hovhannissian said. He stressed the importance of strengthening all branches of power and the institution of the president as a guarantee of the country’s integrity–protection of human rights and Constitutional system.

Speaking of the PPA’s prospects–Hovhannissian remembers their slain leader. "[Karen] Demirchian himself was the idea personified," he said. "Without him the party needs to work as other parties do–that is–with more emphasis on new programs."

Commenting on the PPA Board member Aramais Badalian’s proposal that Demirchian’s son lead the party–Hovhannissian said that it is Badalian’s personal opinion.

"Hastily suggesting formulas is out of place here," he said–adding that the parties prospects will be specified "after the organization gets over the shock and the viewpoints of the party’s regional organizations are clarified."

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