ARF Is with the President but Has Expectations that Serious Changes Will Occur

YEREVAN–29 APRIL (ARMENPRESS)–ARF leaders presented their party’s plans–concerns–and programmatic approaches during a meeting with the representatives of Armenia’s educational system.

Armenia’s Minister of Education and Science–Levon Mkrtchian–an ARF member–stated that for the ARF the support of the intellectuals–their acceptance of the ARF’s plans–is important.

Presidential Chief of Staff Artashes Toumanian–who is not a member of the ARF but is third on its slate in the upcoming Parliamentary Elections–stated that the recently held Presidential Elections showed that the public’s attitude toward the authorities varies–and that the public has deman’s and expectations from the authorities.

"The rift in society–the split in opinion during the [Presidential] elections–signifies that many issues remain unresolved and the public has grievances. That the opposition received hundreds of thousands of vote can be explained as a consequence of those grievances; in other words–many of those were protest votes. That fact places obligations both on the current authorities and on those that have yet to be formed," Toumanian said.

It’s not by chance that the ARF has put forth the matter of "changing our lives" as has the opposition–according to Toumanian. Explaining the ARF’s approach–he noted that rather than proposing like the opposition that the President be removed from power–which would mean regression by at least one or two years–the ARF proposes to continue moving forward.

"We believe that the ARF is capable–as a result of its evolution–experience–and ideology–of having a sufficient presence in the parliament and government to effectively advocate questions of social justice," Toumanian explained.

Mkrtchian in particular advised that voters be guided by three principles in the upcoming elections: the content of each party’s platform–whether that platform corresponds to the party’s recent and distant history–and which individuals would be called on to put that platform into practice.

"I’m certain that if you were to consider these criteria–you would make the right choice–and the political mosaic of Armenia would solidify around organizations that have an ideological position as well as a past–a present–and a future," Mkrtchian said.

Toumanian admitted that the program presented by the ARF is ambitious–albeit realistic as well.

Member of Parliament and ARF Bureau member Vahan Hovhannisian–first on the ARF slate for the Parliamentary Elections–stated that unlike the opposition (and even some not in the opposition)–which raises only questions–the ARF is prepared to propose solutions as well.

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