ARF Member Expresses Hope for Coalition’s Future

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan) At a June 21 meeting at the Aztag club–Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Supreme Body member Gegham Manoukian stated that it would be wrong to think of the new government coalition as a "coalition of authorities."This is a coalition dividing the authorities rather than a coalition of authorities," he emphasized–adding that some political groups will have to perhaps take a simple course in politics to understand what an actual coalition is.

The coalition mandate dictates that if a member party quits–the coalition’s work–thus government’s activities–will cease. Hence–Manoukian said that the coalition will function until one of the member parties quits.

Asked what circumstance would lead the ARF to abandon the coalition–Manoukian replied–"While developing the memorandum–we presented a number of important issues–principles around which the agreement was reached. Our party will leave the coalition only in case of failure to adhere to the conditions of the memorandum." He stressed–however–that all three coalition parties have pledged to do their best in making the coalition a solid example for the future of Armenian politics.

According to Manoukian–coalition member-parties have a moral responsibility for the activities of the government. "Naturally–no one will be subjected to criminal or administrative punishment," he said. "But if the failure of a minister appears to be harmful–affecting the activities of the entire government–all the three parties are free to raise the question of making personnel changes within the coalition."

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