Hovannisian Calls for ‘Comprehensive Power Sharing’

Hovannisian shows the document to the people before presenting his "final" proposal

YEREVAN—Opposition candidate Raffi Hovannisian on Friday offered what he called “the authorities’ last chance” to come together and creating a new Armenia, by reading a document, which among other points calls for “comprehensive power sharing” with the authorities.

“The time for change has come,” Hovannisian told thousands of people gathered at Liberty Square. “Either the authorities will change their attitude toward the people, or the people will rise to change their authorities once and for all. One way or the other, on April 9, we shall have our New Armenia.”

The document, which after being read was dispatched to the president’s office, put forth two options: the immediate conduct of new presidential elections; or a comprehensive power-sharing deal between the authorities and “the people.”

The document, distributed by Hovannisian’s campaign headquarters reads:

A. The immediate conduct of new presidential elections; or

B. The sharing of power between the authorities and the people

1. The conduct, by the end of the year, of snap parliamentary elections. The implementation, before then, of revisions in the Election Code—to eliminate the majoritarian electoral system and to realize a transition to a completely proportional system; to allow for the publication of lists of citizens who actually voted; to reinstate the political-party principle in the formation of the Central Election Commission and district election commissions; to secure the participation of citizens living abroad or to ensure the removal of their names from the voter lists.

2. The removal of at least five regional governors, to be replaced by candidates proposed by Raffi K. Hovannisian.

3. The removal of all city and village mayors who violated the law and their own authority in falsification of the outcome of the February 18 elections.

4. The prosecution of all election falsifiers, including governors, mayors, party organizers, and other officials.

5. The appointment of candidates proposed by Raffi K. Hovannisian to head the following ministries and government offices:

a. Prosecutor General

b. Tax and Customs

c. National Security

d. Ministry of Foreign Affairs

e. Education and Science

f. Oversight Chamber

g. Justice Council

h. Anti-Corruption Commission

This contract is indivisible and is subject to bilateral signature. Its provisions shall remain in force until the conclusion of the snap parliamentary elections.

Joining Hovannisian, who is on the 12th day of a hunger strike, were his parents Richard and Vartiter and daughter Shushi, as well as representatives of major political forces, civic activists and others.


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    • Monica said:

      Dear Lusik, it is easy to criticize and judge someone who is coming from “light forces”.
      Listen, If you know better, then why don’t you get your ass up and do something for your people instead of sitting in front of the computer and typing nonsense.
      People like you need to leave the country.

  1. Steve said:

    Raffi you are way too generous with those criminals. They should take this offer without pause. The alternative will undoubtedly be far worse for them. They really should be tarred feathered and placed on public display for the scoundrels that they are and to be a reminder to any persons who place their personal interests above those of the nation.
    Efferim !

  2. Ari said:

    Power sharing is the best resolution to the crisis. I hope that Armenia’s President will listen to the voice of logic and justice.

  3. Monica said:

    Jesus was the son of God and even he was criticized, tortured, and not accepted. Dark forces are always near the light forces ready to attack. Raffi, please be strong, do not give up, we need you! Everything will turn out for the better. You have the most important people next to you already. That is itself a success! Now all we need is for you to become the president of Armenia. Our prayers with you!

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