Communist Party Holds Meetings to Create New Political Bloc

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The Communists are ready to establish a political bloc with those forces which share the CPA’s approaches some fundamental issues. First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Armenia Vladimir Darbinian has already held meetings with some politicians over the matter. Among such politicians included Chairman of the National Unity party Artashes Geghamian.

Darbinian told Noyan Tapan that one of the most fundamental issues was that of joining the Russia-Belarus Union. "The Communist Party of Armenia is ready to unite with those who share the given position," said Darbinian. At the same time–he reported that affirmative answers to the initiative of joining the Union have already been received from the president and the parliament of Belarus. Presently–the Communist Party is expecting the answers of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the State Duma of Russia. Darbinian reported that the positions of the CPA and National Unity do not coincide on this issue yet.

The CPA holds that fundamental changes must be introduced into the Constitution of Armenia–in particular over the issue of transition from the presidential to parliamentary form of government."Above all–it means that the government of Armenia’should be formed not by the president but by the parliament of the country," said Darbinian. According to Darbanian–it should be a government of national accord that will present a program of ending the tragic situation in the country.

It is also necessary to make changes in the electoral law. The CPA suggests that 101 deputies of the 131-seat parliament be elected under the system of proportional representation and 30 under the system of majoritarian representation. According to Darbinian–it will make it possible to block the way to "good guys," who buy their parliamentary mandates for money–to the legislature.

Commenting on the possible realignment of forces in the National Assembly–Darbinian expressed the opinion that a new parliamentary majority will be formed this fall. He thinks the current majority – the Unity faction – was not created on the basis of common ideology but it rallied around two strong leaders. As for the Communist Party–apart from negotiations with the Right & Unity faction–may also find common ground with the People’s Party of Armenia and some other political forces.

Darbinian did not rule out that Minister of Territorial Administration and Urban Development Coordination Leonid Hakobian–who represents the CPA–may resign from his position. Hakobian will participate in the elections to the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia to be held in September and in case of favorable circumstances will return to his scientific activities. In that case–according to Darbinian–a new candidate from the CPA will be nominated for a government position.

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