The ARF Struggles for Political Consensus, Against Polarization

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)-Although some are trying to artificially polarize Armenian society, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation struggles to ensure political diversity in order to generate civil and political consensus, Vice Speaker of the National Assembly and ARF Bureau member Vahan Hovannesian told Noyan Tapan during an interview.
"Some media and political figures artificially try to present a representative of the current power and a representative of the former power as poles," he said. "And when there are poles, tension inevitably emerges."
Hovannesian’s commen’s came as a response to a question about the tensions being sown by former president Levon Ter-Petrosian and Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian.
"Polarization means the division of society into black and white" and such a division, he said, creates antagonism and makes political consent impossible.
Hovannesian noted, however, "there will be such variation [in the election] that polarization, which is a rather negative phenomenon, will disappear from public life."
He added that the pre-election phase has not yet begun in Armenia and candidates and political forces are making preparations and presenting different evaluations and outlooks on the current situation in Armenia.
During the coming weeks "it will become obvious that there are different forces in Armenia with their own political approaches," Hovannesian said. The people will therefore not be forced into choosing between the lesser of two evils and an election with an inevitable outcome will be ruled out, he added.

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