Aram Sargsyan Sees No Opposition to the President

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–"I find it senseless to talk about any opposition to the president–especially in the current political situation," Prime Minister Aram Sargsyan said during a press conference December 18 immediately after the meeting of the Republican Party of Armenia. "It seems to me that there is no opposition to the president," the prime minister added. He made it clear that he saw no reason for holding early presidential elections.

Commenting on some mass media reports describing the arrest of former chief of presidential staff in connection with the October 27 case as a step against the president–the prime minister emphasized that "Alexan Haroutiunian’s involvement does not mean the president was also involved."

Commenting on the controversial speeches during the 4th congress of Yerkrapah Union of Volunteers–the prime minister said–"those were expressions of the time; had some time passed–there would not have been such speeches."

"The president is carrying out his constitutional duties–I am doing mine proceeding from the constitution," Sargsyan underlined–remarking that individuals should be assessed according to his work. "I admit that my current work can be regarded as satisfactory as I am both learning and working simultaneously–while the president has considerable experience," Sargsyan declared.

Saying that the internal political situation in Karabakh is much more strained than in Armenia–the prime minister hoped for the situation in Karabakh to become as tranquil as it has in Armenia.

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