Sarkisian Confirms Presidential Run, Calls for Coalition Government

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)–Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian said on Wednesday that he will run for president next year and is ready to form a coalition government despite his Republican Partys landslide victory in the weekend parliamentary election. In his first public commen’s to the media after the announcement of the official election results, Sarkisian admitted being positive about contesting the presidential ballot due in less than a year from now. The elections showed that our party got a serious vote of confidence, and if the party decides so, I will definitely run, he said. We are satisfied with the election results and have now an objective, Sarkisian said. The objective is to make sure that our people and European partners judge the next elections to be in full compliance with European standards. Sarkisian said he wanted his government to be as broad-based as possible and is already negotiating with potential coalition partners. I have said that the more political forces are included in the government, the more trusted that government will be, he said. We are ready to cooperate with any political force, with any capable individual, he added without elaborating. The Republican Partys most likely coalition partners are the Prosperous Armenia Party and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation.

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