ARF Joined Coalition Only After Long Deliberation

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–A member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation of Armenia’s Parliamentary Faction welcomed President-Elect Serzh Sarkisian’s decision to make radical changes in the new government and said her party’s decision to become part of the new coalition government came after "protracted and serious" deliberation.
Speaking at a news conference Alvard Petrosian said the move was the right decision. She said her party does not support individuals, but plans of actions.
"The ARF is a party that had to sacrifice a lot," she said. "Programs for action and not individuals are what’s important to us and the new government is going to pursue a [program] that we have been defending over the last ten years."
There is currently an atmosphere of mistrust that continues to linger on in the country, she said. But this does not preclude Armenians from coming together to work for the betterment of the country, she added.
The authorities, the opposition and the general population need to look deeper into what really had happened on March 1 in order to diffuse lingering suspicions and tensions.
She also said Armenia’s should not be divided into "clans" each with their own chieftains.
"There is much more that unites us, than divides and the ultimate victory belongs to all and not to separate individuals," she said.

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