Prosperous Armenia Welcomes Oskanian

Former foreign minister Vartan Oskanian

YEREVAN—Armenia’s former foreign minister Vartan Oskanian officially joined the ranks of the Prosperous Armenia party, which is headed by businessman Gagik Dzarukian and is a member of the ruling coalition.

According to local press accounts, Oskanian submitted his application to join the Prosperous Armenia Party last Saturday and the party leadership have reviewed and accepted his membership.

“We have examined the case carefully and we made the decision that Oskanian will become a party member,” a source within the party said on Thursday.

Oskanian issued the following announcement Sunday after applying to the party for membership:

“Yesterday I submitted my application for membership to the Prosperous Armenia Party. I make this decision convinced that the Prosperous Armenia Party, together with other political parties, is able to, through political competition, secure free and fair elections, and thus, a new National Assembly with a new configuration of political forces,” said Oskanian in a statement.

“As Chairman of the Board of the Civilitas Foundation, I had, on various occasions, expressed my views on events and developments in Armenia. Today, I believe it is time to become more actively involved in our political processes,” added Oskanian.

“Given the possibility of my membership in the Prosperous Armenia Party, in the coming days, the Civilitas Foundation Board will make a decision about my future status,” explained the former foreign minister.

Chairwoman of the Prosperous Armenia parliamentary bloc Naira Zohrabyan told on Tuesday that Dzarukian “has always said that Prosperous Armenia Party’s doors are open to any individual who is ready and willing to work toward a prosperous Armenia.”

While Zohrabyan said Oskanian’s participation in the upcoming parliamentary elections had not yet been discussed by party officials, the former foreign minister is expected to top the party’s roster of candidates.


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  1. Garo Kazezian said:

    I am a bit surprised that Vartan Oskanian chose to join the ranks of the oligarchs, the strong and the influential. I understand that the oligarchs are monopolists, tax evaders and few of them accumulate the biggest share of wealth while the majority of people live way below average. I don’t believe this party will lead the country to prosperity.

  2. Viguen Krikoryan said:

    Give me a break. This man works for foreign agents. He is a traitor to the Armenian Nation’s interests and certainly to Artsakh. Do not trust this man. Oskanian has no place in Armenian political life.

    • Edward Demian said:

      Mr. Kkrikorian can you explain your comment in more detail? I know nothing about this.

    • J. T. said:

      Why ? Can you explain why you think that?
      I listened his speeches about protocols, Artsakh…and many other things and I think that he is the best candidate for the next elections. I read he speaks fluently Armenian, English, French, Arabic and Russian, and this is very important for a leader, just listen his speeches, when he speaks it is very impressive. Sargsyan speaks (or reads because I’ve never seen him withouth his text) correctly only Armenian and like a 5 year old boy, so how can he present Armenia to the world. When he speaks I have a headache..

    • Meriqian A. said:

      You are right he is or simply say he is just a marionnet in one’s hand, he does wtever the system wants and dictate, so pity that we have more traiters than the real patriots who will stand for Armenia …..

  3. Viguen Krikoryan said:

    Was not Oskanian who suggested giving up 6 meters of land in Meghri to Azerbaijan ( under the pretext of Armenian control ). Who is fulling who Mr. Oskanian? Sorry the grave has been dug.