President, Prime Minister Discuss Armenia’s Domestic Issues

President Armen Sarkissian (left) met with Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Oct. 9
President Armen Sarkissian (left) met with Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Oct. 9

President Armen Sarkissian (left) met with Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Oct. 9

YEREVAN—A meeting was held between President Armen Sarkissian and Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Tuesday focusing on Armenia’s domestic political issues, chief among them the planning of snap parliamentary elections, which Pashinyan wants to hold in December.

According to the press offices of both leaders, Sarkissian and Pashinyan agreed that issues must be resolved through political discourse with Pashinyan reporting some optimism about the upcoming elections.

Sarkissian reported that he had held a similar meeting with Armenia’s Parliament Speaker Ara Babloyan, a member of former president Serzh Sarkisian’s Republican Party of Armenia, which technically still holds a majority in parliament.

Pashinyan briefed Sarkissian on the inroads being made to hold snap elections in December, specifically singling out his meeting on Monday with chairman of the Prosperous Party of Armenia Gagik Tsarukyan, who signed an agreement pledging his parliamentary faction’s support for a December vote.

Pashinyan also cited a petition signed Tuesday by lawmakers, predominantly representing the Republican Party of Armenia, who have voiced their support for elections to be held in December.

“I think that the process is headed toward de-escalation, which is positive,” said Pashinyan.

“I am also very happy that the process is moving forward in an atmosphere tolerance and through dialogue,” said President Sarkissian. “I am happy to hear that during the last one or two days some results have been achieved through negotiations and dialogue and that a solution is imminent.”

Sarkissian expressed hope that the public and the political forces will continue to be sensible and will be guided by the interests of the country, the Constitution and the laws.


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  1. State of Emergency said:

    No need to waste time discussing. It’s all to well obvious even to the average man on the street. Time to take action and without interference from Lavrov and his “opinions”. It’s time to take the bull by the horns and steer it to greener pastures. Aligning and cooperating with Russia and the EEU will never do the trick. It will merely relegate Armenia back into the tutelage of Putin.

  2. zarkim said:

    Congratulations to President Sarkissian. President Sarkissian was the POWER behind Pashinyan and he made it much easier for Pahinyan to succeed.
    President Sarkissian is a Quiet Achiever …
    Pashinyan is no push-over. Pashinyan is going to get rid of all these PARASITES and get back their LOOT and return it to the Armenian people. Pashinyan must take control or forever be caged by these PESTS.

  3. zarkim said:

    Mr Pashinyan has impresses us all so far…
    Mr Pashinyan has not commented about the death of Arayik Khandoyan who was a political prisoner in Armenia and had been assaulted and tortured by AT LEAST 10 prison Guards only recently before his release.
    Why is Mr Pashiyan silent about Arayik Khandoyan’ death.
    Arayik Khandoyan died of injuries sustained while he was in prison in Armenia.
    I urge President Armen Sarkissian and Mr Pashiyan to investigate the torture allegations by Arayik Khandoyan and arrest all the prison guards who participated in the assault/torture of Arayik Khandoyan.
    If this matter is not investigated, then, it only proves that President Armen Sarkissian and Mr Pashiyan are the same as other leaders who snubbed Armenian people.
    Arayik Khandoyan was a NATIONAL HERO!